After piling up over 25 offers nationally, three-star defensive end Malik Langham has narrowed his list down to a final five, and four SEC programs have made the cut.
— Malik Langham (@malik_langham) September 3, 2017
Langham lists Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Washington as his finalists.
“Those were the schools that showed me the most interest and those are the schools I can benefit from both academically and from a football standpoint,” Langham told GN. “It was hard narrowing my offers down, but I sat down and talked with my family and my coaches, to make sure those five schools were the best for us.”
Langham (6 feet 5, 269 pounds), from Huntsville (Ala.) Lee, is among the top 30 strong-side ends in the country for the 2018 class.
“I’m a long, athletic defensive lineman,” Langham said. “I can also play against both the run and the pass.”
Langham likes different things about each of his finalists.
Tennessee, for instance, is one of his options because of the competition.
“Me and (defensive line) Coach (Brady) Hoke, we have a strong relationship,” Langham said regarding what he likes about Tennessee. “I like them a lot and I like their academics because I know their academics are one of the top in the SEC. I also like that they also play in the hardest conference against the best teams.”
With Kentucky, it’s more of the opposite.
“I like the academics at Kentucky and me and coaches have a great relationship,” he said. “I also like the fact that I can come in there and play early.”
One coach in particular stands out in particular for him at Ole Miss.
“I have a great relationship with (defensive line) Coach (Freddie) Roach,” he said. “We talk often and I would be able to play in the SEC West.”
Football aside, Langham sees a good opportunity in the classroom when it comes to Vanderbilt.
“Vanderbilt’s academics are second to none in the nation,” Langham said. “There you get the best of both worlds from a football and academic standpoint.”
Despite all the offers and attention, Langham does appear to have his priorities in order.
“It’s an awesome feeling, but I also have to stay humble through it all,” he said. “I need to make sure I keep working hard to be able to make it to the next level.”
Langham, who plans on majoring either physical therapy or forensics in college, does not have a set date planned as of yet on when he will make his commitment. He hopes to visit each of his top five again before making a decision.
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