The No. 2 rated shooting guard in the 2016 class is Madison (Ala.) Academy five-star Josh Langford.
Already 6-foot-6 and 200-pounds, Langford’s versatility on and off the floor is enough to have several interested college coaches in and out of his school daily.
Michigan sent three coaches down to Alabama this week with John Beilein, LaVall jordan and Jeff Meyer making a favorable impression on Langford and his father Tellus.
“It was great,” Langford’s father said. “It’s a great coaching staff and so we have a good relationship over the phone so it was good seeing them again.”
“I think they wanted to reiterate that Joshua is a priority to them and that his characteristics as a person on and off the court fit the style of kid they want to recruit at Michigan,” Langford added.
“So they just kind of came out and reiterated how they felt about him and told him about the things they like about him and how he fits in their program.”
Reflecting back on an August unofficial visit to Ann Arbor, Langford’s father says the Michigan coaching staff’s approach resonates with his son and his mental and physical development.
“It was great,” Langford said. “The school, the campus, the lay out and how they set up everything on the unofficial visit was good.
“I think that Michigan, they already do a lot of things that Joshua does on his own and they’re into the mental coaching of the players and a few of the books they use to mental coach the kids, Joshua has read those books this summer and is kind of practicing the mental side of coaching himself.”
Still in the very early stages of this recruitment, Langford isn’t prepared to release a top list of schools just yet. What Langford’s father does know is that Michigan has put themselves in a strong position thus far.
“I think Michigan is definitely an institution academically and athletically that I would definitely keep in high consideration for my son to attend,” Langford said. “Just because of the type of people they are and the type of institution that Michigan stands for.”
Of the Spartans, whom the Langford’s also visited back in August, Tom Izzo and his staff have left quite an impression.
“Michigan State is a good institution as well,” Langford said. “You can get a good education but the thing that stands out to me about Michigan State is the participation of the alumni that come back and participate in the current program.
“I think that speaks to how Izzo and the staff does the kids while they’re there.”
Moving forward, the plan is for the Langford’s to hit the road once again this season, this time looking to check out schools for their game day atmospheres.
“What we’re going to do is we’re going to take a couple more unofficial visits and kind of rethink things and inform some people, kind of cutting it down like if he feels he’s not going to attend there,” Langford said.
“And then from there we’re going to plan out a couple trips to visit during basketball games in the fall or early January.”
As far as how Michigan could factor into that plan, the chances are good the Wolverines receive a visit from the talented junior.
“Michigan has done a good job when we visited there the first time,” Langford said. “So it’s definitely very likely they’ll get a second visit and they’re right in the thick of things.
“We’re wide open right now so everyone is kind of at an even pace right now.”