Recruiting: Maryland DT to visit Norman

Sooners among Maryland defensive tackle's final four after 43 offers.

Donald Langley, DT, 6'2 ½, 293, 4.83, GERMANTOWN (SENECA VALLEY HS), MARYLAND:

In the state of Maryland, Donald Langley is regarded as the best down lineman on both sides of the ball, but his main love is on defense.

"All three years I have played defensive tackle and defensive end. This year I am also playing offensive tackle. I like playing defense and lot more because I love getting to the quarterback and stuffing the run."

Last year Langley had 46 tackles, four sacks, 27 solo stops and 17 tackles for loss. This year through five games, Langley has 14 QB hurries, 20 solo stops and five tackles for loss. He also had 55 pancake blocks on offense a year ago.

"I don't have any sacks yet. A lot of teams are triple-teaming me so my teammates are putting together some good stats, because they are getting blocked one-on-one. I faced a lot of one-on-one's last year with the running back coming up to support the lineman, but this year I am getting triple-teamed. Most teams didn't know much about me last year, but this year I am drawing a lot of attention from two offensive linemen and a running back. I have learned how to deal with it and I am still making a lot of plays."

Langley can bench 350 pounds, squats 575 and he has posted a 28-inch vertical drill. He has posted a 4.06 pro agility drill, which is one of the best in the country. He was tested in all categories at the Penn State Senior Camp.

He has been offered by 43 different schools, but he has narrowed his choices to four.

"I have it narrowed it down to four. They are Tennessee, Texas A&M, Penn State and Oklahoma. I am coming to Oklahoma this weekend for the Iowa State game. I don't have a favorite and I am trying to keep an open mind. I will say that Tennessee and Texas A&M are the teams to beat. I have been on officials to Tennessee, Texas A&M and Michigan so far. On my officials to Tennessee and Texas A&M, I saw firsthand the team unity that both schools have and the great facilities at both schools. I also really liked the coaches at both schools."

Langley is looking forward to visiting OU this weekend and learning even more about the Sooner program.

"I know they are a big defensive school and a big program. I know the OU Football Program is what people in Oklahoma really love, and I know they play great defense. They have a great tradition in the defensive line, and all the schools that I am considering have great traditions in the defensive line. I started talking to Oklahoma quite a bit after a combine in State College. I have been talking to coach (Kevin Sumlin) and the D-line coach (Jackie) Shipp. I they are world class people and I can't wait to meet them."

What are the important factors in Langley's recruiting?

"I want to go somewhere where I will get a good education. I want to go somewhere where I know we can win and have a good program. I want to have a chance to contribute and help my team win, and I want to go to a program where the head coach and the coaching staff is going to be there during my four to five years there. The NFL is not that important to me. I don't think about being an NFL player.

"I eat, drink and sleep college football. That is all I care about right now. So, picking the right college for me is the most important thing in my life right now. I am making my decision on November 4th on Saturday afternoon. I just know after I take all my official visits I just don't want to prolong it. I am going to be a December graduate and I want to announce on our homecoming day. I am keeping an open mind and I could still go anywhere."

Langley has qualified.


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