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David Goricki
The Detroit News
Josh Langford

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and his staff have a jewel for the future with the commitment of five-star guard Josh Langford of Madison, Alabama.

Langford, a 6-foot-6 combo guard, picked the Spartans over rival Michigan and a number of top-10 powers like Kentucky and Arizona.

"Josh is one of the elite prospects in the nation," said Brian Snow of Scout.com on Monday. "We have him ranked No. 10 in the country for the 2016 class. He's great at getting to the rim and he's a really good passer. He's athletic and his versatility allows him to guard anyone in the backcourt.

"He's more of a scorer than a shooter. He's capable of making shots, but that's (perimeter shooting) his weakest area. He's a player Michigan State targeted, and for them to get it done before July is huge."

Langford led Madison Academy to the Alabama 3A championship, earning MVP honors with a 19-point, 12-rebound, 7-assist effort in a 75-51 rout of Piedmont in 23 minutes of work. He was second in voting for Mr. Basketball. He averaged 24.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.7 steals. He competed this month for the U.S. select under-18 team in Italy.

Langford said he felt relieved after telling Izzo of his decision Sunday night, according to an interview with AL.com.

"It feels great. I'm super relieved," Langford told AL.com. "I feel like I made the best decision to me. It's a blessing to be able to have options. I liked everything about them, starting with the family atmosphere. Everybody is one. Once you say you're a Spartan, you are a Spartan forever. On top of that, coach Izzo is a great coach. I feel like he's going to push me to my limits and help me reach my goals. We had a great connection from the get-go.

"You look at the players who they had at my position, like Denzel Valentine, Gary Harris, Travis Trice, they were able to be successful because of their playmaking skills and they also could get to the basket and make plays for others. And I think he (Izzo) will push me defensively as well."