Josh Langford, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound guard, is the No. 10 prospect in the class of 2016 according to Scout.com. He averaged 24.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists to help Madison Academy earn the Alabama 3A championship this past winter.
Langford committed to Michigan State Sunday night after taking an official visit last week. He picked the Spartans over more than a dozen schools, including Kentucky, Stanford, Georgia, Texas, Alabama and Auburn.
He talked to David Goricki on Monday about his decision.
Question: What attracted you to Michigan State?
Langford: They have been recruiting me since my freshman year and I felt a connection with them like no other time when I took my official visit. It was such a great family atmosphere. You can tell Coach Izzo really believes in his players.
Question: When did you take your official visit at Michigan State?
Langford: Last Wednesday to Friday. We did a bunch of stuff. I had a chance to go to the School of Journalism. I want to be a sports analyst, get into broadcasting.
Question: When did you commit, call and tell Coach Izzo?
Langford: I called him last night (Sunday) and told him. I had my mom, dad and younger sister, Jaden, with me and I talked with Coach (Dane) Fife and Coach Izzo. Coach Fife said he never saw Coach Izzo react like that when I told him (he committed).
Question: Why do you want to play for Coach Izzo?
Langford: Coach Izzo does a great job with guards, let's them use their playmaking skills to score the ball and set up their teammates. He believes in his players and will push them to achieve their dreams. He sincerely cares for everybody, loves his players and will push them to their limits, to a limit they never thought they had before. And, he's there for players even after they're done playing for him.
Question: Why not Kentucky, a place you can be one and done?
Langford: I'm not looking to be one and done. When the time comes, then I'll worry about it. I feel Michigan State is the best place for me and I'm going to do my best to help Michigan State win the national championship my first year.
Question: Why not stay close to home and play at Auburn or Alabama? Did you want to get away from home and play?
Langford: I would have stayed and played at Auburn or Alabama if it was the right fit and the right connection, but it wasn't. It felt like home at Michigan State.
Question: What are your strengths as a player?
Langford: I feel like I can do multiple things, score at all three levels, shoot, create my own shot or use my playmaking ability. The one thing I know about watching Michigan State play is Coach Izzo's teams play great defense and they are very disciplined. I feel I can guard big, 1-through-4 and I can be a defensive stopper and crash the boards on the defensive end as well.
Question: So, how good is your sister?
Langford: She plays and she's good, too. Jaden's an eighth grader and she went to their (MSU's) girls camp while I took my visit.