Rattler coach talks about RB/S Reshard Langford

Laron White, first-year head coach at Tanner (Ala.) High School, fills in VandyMania readers regarding running back / safety prospect Reshard Langford. Langford, a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder who recently became Vanderbilt's 11th football commitment for the class of 2004, led the Rattlers to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the second round of the state playoffs.


Tanner High School head coach Laron White:

"When I first got the job here at Tanner High School, I sat down with Reshard. I knew right away he was going to be a truly great player. I asked him, if he had a choice to go anywhere right now, where would it be? And Vanderbilt was one of the places he named.

"In the classroom Reshard is an excellent student. He has a high GPA, and did very well on the ACT. So I sent a letter to Vanderbilt and sent a tape. They liked him a lot, and they've been recruiting him since early in the season. He wanted to go Pre-Med, and Vanderbilt is an excellent school. That's just one of the reasons he liked Vandy.

"He made an official visit to Vanderbilt [on Dec. 12]. He came back and told me he liked it, and that he had a great time on his visit. He called me the other night very excitedly to tell me he had committed, and I was very happy for him.

"Reshard has a grade point average in the 3.70 range.

"Tailback-wise, he didn't carry the ball but 115 times this year, because we've got several other tailbacks on our team. But he gained 1,459 yards, and scored 30 touchdowns. That's an average of well over 10 yards per carry.

"On defense, we pretty much used him as a strong safety, a last resort in case somebody were to break loose. We didn't use him as a run-stopper that much, but when he did come up, he made a lot of big hits. He impressed a lot of coaches with his hitting ability.

"Even though he was at the back of the defense, he was still the sixth-leading tackler on the team. He had 47 tackles. That's pretty good for a safety. Most of the time he was just roaming around trying to protect us back there.

"We even used him some as quarterback. We used a West Virginia-style offense, and did a lot with the quarterback. We had a lot of options to use with him.

"We also used Reshard as a kickoff returner, even though I think only one team kicked it deep to him the whole year. He was back there the whole season, but I think he only returned three of them. Only three touched his hands, because no one would kick it to us!

"Reshard is a basketball guy too, and baseball and track. He's one of the top guys in the state in 2A in track. He runs the 100, the 200, the long jump, the 400, the 4x100, and the 4x400. Last year I think he was fourth in the state in the long jump.

"Our team went 9-1 in the regular season this year. We made it to the second round of the 2A playoffs. We were beaten there by Gaston.

"[Reshard] is one of the hardest-working kids I've ever been around. He had had a good year the year before. He came in this summer, and I told him he needed to get a little more aggressive. So he got even bigger. I'm telling you, he got in the weight room and he worked. He's our team leader. He's just a big presence to have around.

"He pretty much did this on his own by getting into that weight room. Last year he was a pretty good runner. He's tall, around 6-1, but when the season started, he was only about 178. Now, he's 6-1, 205, so you can tell how hard he worked in the weight room.

"I think Vanderbilt is going to start him in the backfield-- that's where he wanted to be. But he could definitely go either way. He should get a shot at being a tailback first.

"Southern Miss had offered him. Samford, Ole Miss, Memphis, and a couple of more small schools were looking at him. Southern Miss, Vandy and Samford were the ones who had offered.

"I think Reshard is the first player from Tanner High School to sign with an SEC school. We've had others sign Division I-A, but I think he's the first. I'm just very proud of him for the work he's done. He's taken it on himself to get bigger and stronger."


Verbal commitments are not binding. Signing day is Feb. 6, 2004. To see a complete list of Vanderbilt's football commitments, click here.

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