Coach Pitino landed his first commitment of the 2010 class, SF Josh Langford from Huntsville, AL (Johnson HS). The 6-6 200 pounder chose the Cards over Memphis, Clemson and Miami just to name a few. From what has been written about him, he is athletic and can play side-by-side with players 2-3 years older than him. He has not taken a visit because he has family here and makes frequent visits.
However, I am always skeptical when a kid just about to start his junior year in high school makes such a major decision so early. We have already seen Lamont "Mo Mo" Jones decommit after pledging his loyalty to the Cards at the same age (although "deterioration of skills" might have also been a factor for Jones). As of today, Langford will be a Card.
"[Coach Pitino] was really excited," Langford said "I've liked Louisville since I was little..I believe Coach Pitino can make me a better player and I wanted to go ahead and make my decision."
The fact that he has family in town will help the "settling in" process for Langford if he does decide to eventually sign. He told Demling it was "a dream" to play for the Cards so we might have caught one that's in for the long haul. Guys like Larry O'Bannon and DeJuan Wheat also grew up dreaming to wear the red jerseys, and we all know how they turned out. Preston Knowles is our current example of that. Guys that want to wear the red and black usually succeed.
Langford has a couple years to rise up the boards, he currently is rated the 48th best prospect by Scout and 86th by Rivals. Rivals ranks him as a PF, which might decrease his value because of his height.
Jody Demling on Josh Langford