Recruiting: U.S. Army All-American visits OU

Germantown, M.D. defensive tackle Donald Langley talks about his official visit to Norman.


JH: What did you think of your visit to OU this weekend?

DL: "It thought it was great. Oklahoma put their best foot forward and showed some great hospitality. OU has a great football program and a great university, and I could tell that the people that are a part of it are proud to be there. OU has first-rate coaches and their players are some of the best in the game. I have to say that my visit to Oklahoma was fantastic."

JH: What did you learn about OU that you didn't know before?

DL: "I learned that they had a great tradition and that they have world class coaches. Their coaches are some of the best in the country, and you can't get better than Southern hospitality.

JH: What did you think of Norman?

DL: "I thought it was a good little college town. Everything was cool. It wasn't as boring as I thought it was going to be. It was exciting and there were things to do all the time. It was a great place and it is obvious that they love their Sooners. They are sold out every game."

JH: What did you think of the game?

DL: "The game was good. It was a great, great game. All was great until Adrian broke his collarbone. Everybody was cheering and of course they had the game sold out again. They had everybody there and it was a great experience. The crowd was rocking."

JH: Who was your host?

DL: "Gerald McCoy."

JH: What did you guys end up doing?

DL: "We ended up just hanging out and stuff like that. We went to his room in 'The Bud' and they have a recreation area. He told me what he went through last year in recruiting, because he was as high profile recruit also. He was great. He seemed like a big brother to me really."

JH: Did you commit or come close to committing to OU on the trip?

DL: "It is to the point that I have seen everything that I need to see. I just have to work it out with my parents and what not. Maybe I can go there."

JH: So you like the visit enough that you are seriously considering OU?

DL: "Yeah, but I just have to see what my parents think. If my parents give their blessing right now then we will just see what happens next."

JH: What other schools are considering at this point?

DL: "I am still considering Tennessee, Penn State, OU and Texas A&M."

JH: Have your parents already given you an indication on what they would like you do in general when it comes to your decision?

DL: "Yeah, they want me to go to Penn State and stay close to home. I have to visit Penn State and make sure that they have everything that I need before I make any kind of decision on them. Before I can take the other schools out of the picture I need to visit Penn State, and I have them next week. My parents really want me to go there, but all these other schools have so much to offer that I just hope Penn State has the same thing."

JH: So does it come down to your visit to Penn State? And what you feel you will get out of Penn State?

DL: "Yeah, that is the case."

JH: Have you ever been to Penn State unofficially?

DL: "Yeah, I have been there for camps and stuff like that."

JH: Is there a big difference from Penn State and Oklahoma?

DL: "I would say yes. Oklahoma is a place with great Southern Hospitality and Penn State is a northern school. Penn State has their pros and cons, and so does Oklahoma."

JH: What would you say the pros and cons of Oklahoma are?

DL: "The pros that Oklahoma has are that they have world class coaches, world class teammates and things like that. The con maybe is that it is kind of far away. Penn State is close to home and they have good football. Maybe the con is that once you leave the airport you are in the middle of nowhere. And then, smack, you are in the middle of State College."

JH: What is the travel distance between the two schools?

DL: "It takes three hours to get to Penn State and it takes me two flights and two and a half hours to get to Oklahoma."

JH: Is this coming down to a Penn State/Oklahoma battle?

DL: "No, I would say that everybody is still in the running really. I still like Penn State and I still like Tennessee. I also still like Texas A&M and Oklahoma, so it is going to be a hard decision because I really like those four."

JH: You only have one more visit left, right?

DL: "Yes, that is to Penn State this weekend."

JH: You are graduating early, right?

DL: "Yeah, I have decided to hold a press conference November 4th, which is a Saturday to pick a school."

JH: Congratulations on being selected to the Scout Network Army All-American game. What are your thoughts?

DL: "It is cool. I just hope that I can take off from the school that I am going to so that I can play in that game."

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