“First I want to thank God for not only the talents he’s blessed me with but for the people he’s surrounded me with. I want to give a special shou tout to my family, to my coaches, especially my head coach and to my father for not only being in my corner, but supporting me throughout this whole recruiting process,” announced Langley on ESPNU Tuesday afternoon from Ronaldo Field at NIKE World Headquarters. "The next four years I will be taking my talents to continue my career at the University of Southern California."
Langley told Scout he called defensive backs coach Keith Heyward and coach Steve Sarkisian on Tuesday morning to deliver the news.
“I told them I was committing to USC and that I was 100-percent
confident in my decision. I’m on track for early graduation and I want
to expedite the process as much as I can so I will be able to compete
for a spot," he said.
Langley chose the Trojans over Cal, Oregon, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Florida State and UCLA.
While some thought the proximity of Berkeley to Langley’s home would be enough to lock him in with Cal, his relationship with the Trojans coaching staff was developed over the course of several unofficial visits last spring and winter.
“I have a great relationship with Coach (Keith) Heyward, Coach (Clay) Helton… all of the coaches,” said Langley. “Coach Heyward is my area coach and also my position coach, so we really have become close during the process.
“He came down in May to check in on me and my early graduation plan. He doesn’t just talk about football with me. He’s been on me throughout the process about everything, so I feel like we have that bond already.
“And the tradition at USC and the education at USC were big considerations. I’ve been to USC a few times on unofficial visits and it’s a great campus. It's L.A. and there's nothing but good to say about USC.”
In total, Langley had 30 scholarship offers from schools in all five major conferences. While he has gone back and forth on taking official visits post-commitment, he said Tuesday that the process may be somewhat open ended until he enrolls at USC.
“I definitely would like to take one or two official visits,” said Langley. “That’s part of recruiting and it’s a one in a lifetime experience.
“I will definitely visit USC, but then maybe take another trip. That won’t be like a business trip though. USC will know and the school I visit will know that I’m there to have a good time.
“If the school I visit is cool with that and USC doesn’t have a problem with it, then I would love to take an official visit.”
While Langley doesn’t currently have a list of potential official visit destinations off hand, Arizona State is a frontrunner for one of his trips.
Stay tuned for more on Isaiah Langley and his commitment through out the week from The Opening.