Langley heading north

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McDONOUGH, Ga. — With wide receivers continuing to grow bigger, faster and stronger with every crop of recruits hitting the college circuit, the need to find defensive backs with enough skills to swat away passes increases.

That's why a talent like Brendan Langley is so highly sought-after.

The four-star prospect currently has Georgia as his leader right in front of Alabama.

"Georgia's been talking about me playing both sides of the ball, and I find that very intriguing," Langley told InsideTennessee. "I have a really, really good relationship with Alabama — coach (Kirby) Smart, coach (Nick) Saban and all them.

"Like I said, Georgia is my leader, but when I went to Alabama it was on Junior Day, so it was a lot of people. I'm going on Friday and Saturday so there shouldn't be as many, so hopefully I'll get the chance to sit in on some meetings there. Once I set up some meetings there, who knows what can happen?"

He noted that Tennessee in his top five.

Langley is making his way to Knoxville to check things out this week.

"I'm getting up there on Monday and Tuesday to see how things are with coach (Derrick) Ansley," Langley said. "They were like my first 'dream school' (offer) being that a very good friend of mine, Brian Randolph, went there. So, I was like, 'Brian's up at Tennessee, so I want to go see Tennessee too.' We'll see what happens."

Randolph is fresh off a productive first year on The Hill in which the safety started eight of the 12 games he played in and was the Volunteers' fifth leading tackler (55).

"I feel like if he can do it, then I can definitely go up there and do it," Langley said of earning a spot at UT. "That's why they're pretty big on my board right now."

While the Kell (Ga.) High School product and former teammate of Randolph's maintains he can fill any role in the defensive backfield, he said that his talent is better suited to play cornerback.

Ansley is Tennessee's cornerbacks coach and is already making his presence felt on the recruiting trail in both Alabama and Georgia. He is the lead on Langley for the Vols.

"(Ansley)'s a really good guy," Langley said. "We talk — probably behind coach Smart at Alabama — probably the most. He really wants me to get down there. I really want to get down there."

Other than building on some relationships already formed, the 6-foot-1, 186-pounder said he's hoping the Vol staff will "be real, be honest" with him.

"I kind of want to see the facilities. That's the only thing that's really on my 'to see' list."

The Marietta, Ga., resident is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 14 corner in the country. He helped solidify his prospect status by carrying home a plaque as the top defensive back at the Atlanta MVP Camp on Sunday.

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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