Vanderbilt football picked up another commitment over the weekend when RB/S Reshard Langford of Tanner, (Ala.) High School accepted a scholarship offer on his official visit. Langford, who occasionally played quarterback and kick returner in addition to tailback and safety, gained 1,459 yards his senior year and scored 30 touchdowns.
Langford chose the Commodores over Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Memphis, Samford and others, said Rattler coach Laron White.
"I always knew Reshard was going to be a highly recruited player," said White. "I sat him down before the season and asked him, if he had a choice to go anywhere, where would he go? And Vanderbilt was one of the places he named. Vanderbilt has been recruiting him since early this season.
"He is a excellent student," added White of Langford, who sports a grade-point average of 3.7. "He's thinking about Pre-Med, and that's just one of the reasons he liked Vandy."
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Langford averaged over 10 yards per carry this past season, and gained 301 yards and scored five touchdowns in a single game, a 53-34 win over Lexington. The Tanner Rattlers, which finished 10-2, compete in the 2A classification in Alabama.
On defense, Langford played free safety.
"We used him as a safety valve, in case somebody breaks loose," said White. "We didn't use him in run support that much, but when he came up, he made a lot of big hits, and impressed a lot of coaches with his hitting ability.
"We also used him some at quarterback in sort of a West Virginia type of offense. He gave us a lot of different options on offense."
Langford also competes in basketball and track for Tanner, and finished fourth in the state in the 100-yard dash in last year's state meet.
According to White, Langford will be given a shot to play in the Commodores' offensive backfield, where he prefers to play. "But he could easily end up on defense as a hard-hitting safety," said White.
Langford becomes the Commodores' 11th commitment for the recruiting class of 2004. Verbal commitments are not binding. Signing day is Feb. 6, 2004. To see a complete list of Vanderbilt's football commitments, click here.