Five-star New Albany guard Romeo Langford sticking with three finalists

  • 03/28/2018 7:32 am in

After reports on Tuesday that Louisville had reached out after its coaching change, class of 2018 New Albany five-star guard Romeo Langford is sticking with his three finalists and will not consider any additional schools in his recruitment.

Langford’s father, Tim, told Paul Biancardi of ESPN.com that his son is not considering Louisville.

Tim Langford also confirmed to Inside the Hall via text message that Romeo’s list will remain at three.

The No. 5 player nationally according to the 247Composite, Langford’s finalists are Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt.

The fourth all-time leading scorer in the state, Langford led New Albany to a Class 4A state championship as a sophomore in 2016 and also led the Bulldogs to four sectional titles and two regional titles. He finished his decorated prep career with 3,002 career points.

Langford has a busy couple of weeks coming up as he’ll play in the McDonald’s All-American Game tonight in Atlanta and then the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn on April 8. Langford will also play for the United States team in the Nike Hoop Summit on April 13 in Portland.

Because of the crowded schedule and his plan to visit Bloomington again before making his college choice, Langford is not planning to announce his decision until later in April.

(Photo credit: McDonald’s All-American Game)

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  • TomJameson

    Romeo to IU …..

  • N71

    I’m with you, when I first heard that I was thinking ‘its a done deal, he’s coming to IU’ but there was some context missing. The Langford’s later colored this as almost a favor of sorts as the result of a plea/ask by our staff to let them have a “last word”, a type of professional curtesy. With that flavor added my thinking it was a done deal evaporated. I guess though if you step away, his coming to IU is certainly a good thing but I really don’t think we can make any definitive conclusions. If he ends up doing the same thing with Vandy then I’d put them ahead of us.

  • inLinE6

    Don’t think that changes much of dynamics. L’ville will still be sanctioned and no elite player will play there in a long time. Once thought to be a marquee game next year now looks like a cupcake.

  • Milton H. Williams

    If he doesn’t come to IU.. I would put this waiting game on par with the Lebron James, holding an hour long press conference, to announce he was going to Miami.

  • Lance76

    IMHO Mack had to “offer” Romeo because of perception of the Louisville fan base. Not sure that I would touch the coach position @ Louisville (assuming I had the credentials). It potentially could be a nuclear waste land, but the expectations could be very low for winning.

  • VOXAC30

    Both

  • GHG

    When you’re losing to Ft Wayne, there are no cupcakes

  • GHG

    I mean if sanctions come down soon than that will keep him away. He’d be smart not to risk it, but as of now there are no new sanctions

  • GHG

    W what Mack was able to do w Xavier, I’d have to agree that he’ll have a competitive team. When we were are all discussing potential crean replacements, the impossibles were Donovan or Stevens, but I was between Miller, Mack and Marshall. Interested to see where Marshall goes when he decides it’s time to leave Wichita

  • inLinE6

    Not until they start fielding walk-ons.

  • inLinE6

    Quite opposite – They get recovered much earlier with known timetable and terms on sanctions. What kills them is the uncertainties.

  • tjblackdog

    A couple weeks ago i said it’s obvious what he is doing he is going out of state, and he doesn’t want to get booed. The someone pointed to the fact he is coming to IU, and I didn’t feel it passed the smell test. Now that it is clarified he is going to all three schools well it doesn’t mean much for IU. It is something he will regret down the road since it is just one year, but you can’t convince a kid of that.

  • inLinE6

    IPFW is a legitimate mid-major D1 program with scholarship players. However Louisville may not be that level when they start playing more walk-ons than scholarship players.

  • TomJameson

    I’d call it a chant …. Ohmmmmm, Ohmmmmm, Romeooooo to IUuuuu, Ohmmmmm ……

    Seriously, the Romeo thread on the premium site is very close to setting the record for thread views. Maybe it already has, I haven’t checked it for a couple of days. Anyway, that’s a common comment.

    Romeo to IU

  • VOXAC30

    Oh the brutal truth….

    This was the worst season I can remember in a very long time. To quote the poet Jerry Read ” well there’s a long way to go and there sure ain’t to to get there”. It’s not TS Elliot but it works. I have faith that Archie will get it done.

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    Did I miss something? Where have you seen that he is going to visit all 3 schools? He hasn’t even been to Kansas once. As far as I know he is only visiting IU once more for reasons none of us know.

  • Sandra Wilson

    Is this the same feeling you had that MSU would be in the Final Four? Just needling a little ;~)

  • GHG

    That’s good that he’s keeping it to 3! considering Chris Mack just accepted the Louisville gig.

  • Slappy

    For whatever it is worth, Immanuel Quickley says he thinks Vandy is the pick. I wouldn’t be surprised by Vandy or IU at this point. I think I would be surprised by Kansas though.

  • ImYourHuckleberry

    I just can’t think of any possible negative for him visiting IU again. For him to take time out of a very busy couple of months has to be good news. Right?

  • Sandra Wilson

    I still don’t understand all the hype. He’s not going to turn our program around in one year. Basically, he’ll take playing time away from someone we need later and I can almost guarantee he’ll be a detriment to our defense. Take a look at Duke. The best players in the country, but they had to play a zone because the kids couldn’t / wouldn’t play decent man to man defense. How many one and done players are in the Final Four? A graduate transfer with experience and the ability to play defense would be far more valuable to this team next year. Will I be happy if he becomes a Hoosier, of course. Will I be upset if he doesn’t, of course not. It may possibly help our future recruiting, but that’s certainly debatable. If it’s become a prestige contest, then worry yourself to death, but prestige won’t win championships.

  • David Schlegel

    The optics of a top five recruit coming to IU are as valuable as what he might do on the court.

  • Dunkin’ Depot

    Yes, you are both right. A five star recruit is critical for bringing in other high quality players.

  • IUBizmark

    I thought I read that he was visiting all three schools again too, but couldn’t find it.

  • IUBizmark

    Marshall is probably never leaving Wichita. He likes recruiting the high 3 stars and low 4 stars. I don’t think he’d want to go to Duke, UNC, etc.

  • Hoosier in the Bend

    I heard he was going to talk to the other coaches and IU was the only school he was going to visit. I would like to see him come to IU but have a bad feeling it will be Vandy. He really seems enamored with Coach Drew.

  • tjblackdog

    The indystar, he talks about going to all three schools in the quotes saying how he hasn’t made it out to visit Kansas yet with his folks. Then he said he wants to give Indiana the last word etc. etc.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    I think the hype comes from RL being one of the best players ever to come from the state. I really do think it’s that simple. If RL was a New Mexico resident, for example, I don’t think IU fans would hype it up as much.

    I agree with most everything else you said though. I think the defense part is somewhat debatable. I haven’t seen a bunch of RL’s defense, but I don’t think IU’s current guards are stellar defenders either (not yet anyways). I think the marginally better defense that could be played by AD or DG could easily be made up on the offensive end by RL, especially considering DG’s turnover streaks and AD’s inconsistent shooting. Archie does have a relatively short leash though, and RL may not get the chance to make it up on the offensive end if he can’t defend. I sure would like the opportunity to see it though 🙂 Just my 2 cents.

  • IUGRADUATE

    I am wondering if he wants to take more time to learn who is staying or leaving each of three programs……or simply he is too busy to announce his college choice. Hopefully he picks IU, but if not, I wish him the best.

  • IndianaCARM

    You mean Jerry Reed from Smokey and the Bandit?

  • just a fan

    Are they? I’m not so sure. Every player hoping to go “to the next level” is trying to decide which college will give HIM the most exposure. I would argue that a conference’s tv contracts play a bigger part in the decision of where to play. Loyalty to a school (or your home state) has little to do with the decision anymore.

  • Koko

    He plays tonight at 9:00 pm on ESPN2.

  • mark

    How many 5-star recruits does Villanova get?

  • Hoosierkamp

    Brunson and Spellman

  • Hoosierkamp

    Mack has to much player baggage. Myles Davis…. JP Macura dropping pants at bars…… jaylen Reynolds “womanizing” issues covered up. IU couldn’t make that hire.

    Of course , UL can…. right in slick ricks wheelhouse