October 12, 2009

Westland John Glenn's Langford blowing up

A few weeks ago SpartanMag.com indicated that one of the top sleepers in the state of Michigan was Jeremy Langford of Westland John Glenn High school. We indicated that there was a great chance that Langford could be the fastest rising prospect in the state. It looks like that prediction is set to come true as Langford stock is sky-rocketing.

Two years ago Michigan State was able to get a player out of Westland John Glenn High school that was flying under the radar until his senior season, Keshawn Martin. Langford is not under the radar the way Martin is, but like his former teammate, he is using a strong senior season to garner Big Ten recruiting interest.

Behind the play of Langford Westland John Glenn is now 6-1 and playoff bound for the first time since 2004. On the season Langford has racked up 1683 yards (240-per game) and scored 21 touchdowns. He is averaging nearly 10-yards per carry.

Last week Langford picked up his first scholarship when Bowling Green pulled the trigger. The Falcons will likely not be the last team to offers as schools such as Michigan, Colorado, Central Michigan, Toledo, Akron and Northern Illinois are also turning up the heat. SpartanMag.com asked Langford about getting his first offer.

"Getting the Bowling Green offer really felt good," Langford said. "I felt like the hard work that I have put in is paying off."

Michigan State is also picking up interest in Langford and with the Spartans home this weekend against Northwestern there is a good chance a Spartan Coach will be stopping in to see Langford in action when they host Northville High School on Friday. Northville is 5-2 and has a stingy defense.

One thing we asked Langford about is his relationship with current Spartan Kehawn Martin and who is the faster player.

"He and I are good friends," he said. "I could definitely see myself going there and playing with him. I may be a little faster (laughing)."

Langford might not be joking when it comes to being faster that the Spartan speedster. The Westland John Glenn staff informed us that on the same surface Langford clocked a 4.41 forty-yard dash. Martin's best time was 4.42.

In addition to putting up big numbers on the field this fall, Langford is also working hard to take care of business in the classroom. He is making sure he has all of his core coursework in place and should be a full academic qualifier come signing day.

It will be interesting to see if the Spartans decide to offer Langford. Langford would prefer to play running back in college, but could easily play other position like wide receiver defensive back. It may be a situation where the Spartans end up recruiting Langford the same way they were recruiting Austin White of Livonia Stevenson. The Spartans offered White as a running back, but if that did not work out he could have played wide receiver.

It is no coincidence that SpartanMag.com mentioned White. Both Langford and White play in the Kensington Lake Activities Association League. While they are not on the same division, they do have multiple common opponents. The big debate right now in the KLAA is who is the better player? You will get varying answers depending on who you ask.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Langford in the coming weeks. We fully expect his offer list to expand during that time. Be sure to check out the highlight video of him in action linked below.

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