If you were looking for good news coming out of the Alamo Bowl loss, you just got it. Jeremy Langford, a running back out of Westland John Glenn high school, became Michigan State football's 17th commitment for the 2010 class. Here's how the recruiting services rate him:
- RIVALS: 2*, 5.4 rating
- SCOUT: 3*, #59 RB in the nation
- ESPN: 2*, grade of 71
The recruiting services seem to have Langford as a near three-star prospect, and I wouldn't be surprised if he got that third star from Rivals next month, thanks to his 1,932 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns this season. Many of his offers have come recently, as a couple weeks ago Colorado was the only other BCS school to offer Langford a scholarship. Here are his measurables:
- 6'0", 185 lbs.
- 4.4 40 time
- 10.95 100 time (KLAA division meet on May 17, 2009)
The Keshawn Martin comparisons are going to abound here - a speedster picked up late in the recruiting process from John Glenn. Langford might actually be faster than Keshawn; his coaches at John Glenn have said Langford has the faster 40 times in high school. From what I can collect from track meet results, the speedster reputation appears to be accurate: the only 2010 football prospect in Michigan that appears to be faster is Dior Mathis, since he had a higher seed time going into the state finals last year (10.71 to Langford's 10.89), and Mathis beat Langford twice in the preliminaries and semifinals of the 100 at the division 1 state track meet in June.
Langford appears to be a lock to play at running back considering the attrition that's occurred at that position in the recent months. With his size though, wide receiver is certainly a possibility, possibly cornerback as well. I'm just happy to have some good football news that doesn't include the thought "well, that wasn't as many suspensions as I'd thought" or the phrase "losing effort". Here's to getting a few more recruits to finish off the 2010 class next month.