AUBURN — Malik Langham said one of his dreams was to come to Auburn for an official visit.
Now he must separate the dream from the reality of an in-state recruiting decision in a few days.
“I always dreamed of visiting Auburn so having a chance to come see it really means a lot,” said Langham, a four-star defensive end prospect from Lee-Huntsville.
Langham recorded 104 tackles with 11 sacks, 23 quarterback hurries, nine pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 11 games this past season while being named a Class 5A first-team all-state selection. Langham said he’ll decide in the next few days between scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn and Florida. Langham will announce his decision Wednesday afternoon at his National Signing Day ceremony at Lee.
“I’ll just go home and watch the Super Bowl and then talk it over with my family,” Langham said today after his visit to Auburn.
Langham’s player host was freshman linebacker Chandler Wooten. Langham hadn’t received an offer from Auburn until he arrived for his official visit to Alabama on Jan. 19. In a whirlwind final month of recruiting, Langham has gone on four official visits (Vanderbilt, Florida, Alabama and Auburn) from Jan. 12 to this weekend after visiting Notre Dame on Dec. 9.
“It’s been very crazy just being an in-state kid to get an Alabama (offer) and then you get Auburn and then been to Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and it’s been a fun couple of weeks,” Langham said. “If I know Monday, then I’ll try and call (the coaching staffs) Monday night.”
According to previous media reports, Langham had set Alabama as a clear favorite in his recruiting process but he had developed a relationship early in the recruiting process with Florida head coach Dan Mullen, defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and wide receivers coach Billy Gonzalez during their time at Mississippi State.
“You can’t go wrong in the Sunshine state,” Langham said.
If any school has attempted a late push at the Huntsville native, it would be Auburn, which already has two signed recruits along with a committed prospect on its defensive line for a 2018 recruiting class ranked No. 7 in the nation according to Rivals.com.
Langham was one of three prospects that also included four-star offensive tackle Richard Gouraige, who is verbally committed to Florida and four-star wide receiver prospect JaMarr Chase that attended the men’s basketball home game Saturday night. Shortly before tipoff of what would be a 93-81 victory for Auburn over Vanderbilt, Tigers football coach Gus Malzahn had basketball coach Bruce Pearl shake hands with the trio of prospects.
“Finally being here and to talk with all the coaches about how they saw me, it went really good,” Langham said.
Auburn is attempting for a strong finish to its 2018 class but after announcing 15 early signees and having eight other committed prospects, the Tigers have only three spots available.
“There will be a smaller pool of guys that haven’t signed, obviously, compared to previous years, so I think it will be a little different,” Malzahn said Dec. 20 during the first day of the early signing period.
Langham mentioned the numerous players Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner has put in the NFL, including Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams.
“It’s a home atmosphere and that’s the main thing,” Langham said. “I just want to figure out what’s a place I could see myself for the next three to five years.”