Coach Steve Sarkisian and company picked up their 10th commitment to the 2015 recruiting class, which continues to rise up the national ranks in what now could be one of the deepest star-loaded classes in recent memory.
The latest commitment, four-star defensive back Isaiah Langley, verbally pledged to the Cardinal and Gold over the California Golden Bears and the ASU Sun Devils live on Tuesday night during ESPNU's coverage of Nike's The Opening.
USC's 10-man recruiting class is well represented at The Opening, and could continue to grow with recruiting pitches coming from the actual recruits themselves that always play a huge role in where kids end up landing come National Signing Day.
Glad my boy @_IsaiahLangley is a trojan— Jacob Daniel (@Jdan_CTMD) July 9, 2014
Ranked as the No. 7 cornerback and No. 86 overall prospect in 247Sports' composite rankings, Langley possesses great footwork and speed. He showed off that tremendous athleticism at the Oakland NFTC and has been rather impressive thus far in The Opening, which will begin the ever anticipated 7-on-7 drills on Wednesday.
Langley made his decision over Cal and ASU in part because of the great connection he gained with current Trojan recruits, but also with the newly assembled coaching staff.
"It was my childhood favorite for such a long time," Langley told Justin Hopkins of 247sports.com. "I just fell in love with the campus and every time I went back it just kept getting better and better every time. I really like coach Sark but coach (Clay) Helton has been there since I first went down and that was big. I feel like I have the best connection with him out of all of the coaches I talked with."
Langley is a physical corner that makes us lick our chops over the amount of confusing looks Justin Wilcox could run in his aggressive defensive scheme. It also helps that he alongside fellow 2015 four-star cornerback Taeon Mason are coming to USC, complementing young weapons that just arrived on campus in Adoree' Jackson, JuJu Smith, John Plattenburg and Jonathan Lockett.
The rich could in fact get richer very soon if Long Beach Poly H.S. five-star cornerback Iman "Biggie" Marshall commits to Troy. Remember he recently tweeted "GAMECHANGER" about USC's four-year scholarship policy that came into full effect back on July 1st. And at 5'11", 170 pounds, Langley has the frame of a corner with the athleticism and vision to play all over Troy's secondary in the coming years.
Derrell Warren (@yssd): "Bay Area athlete Isaiah Langley is a dynamic talent who is a big-time playmaker on both sides of the ball. He is being recruited primarily as a defensive back by his many suitors.
Langley is an athletic player with adequate size. On film he often appears to be the fastest player on the field and runs away from opposing players in the instances in which he has the ball in his hands, so even though he might not necessarily have elite track speed, his long speed isn't a question at all.
Even more impressive, perhaps, is Langley's fluidity and quickness. He has elite-level, quick-twitch explosiveness. He's a smooth mover who effortlessly changes direction.
Langley plays bigger than his listed size. He is physical off the line, chucking receivers with off-hand jams. He's also physical at the top of routes, not shy about swatting receivers' hands away who attempt subtle push-offs and hand swipes they'll use to try to create late separation.
He tracks the ball in the air and shows playmaking skills with ability to elevate and high-point the ball at its highest point. He finishes plays with interceptions. He has good hands and is an explosive leaper who attacks the ball.
Check out Langley's junior year highlights making plays all over the football field for Foothill High School (Pleasanton, Calif.).