Examining the impact of signing Romeo Langford for his 3 finalists
During Sunday's broadcast of the Jordan Brand Classic, featuring KU signee Quentin Grimes and Kansas target Romeo Langford, Paul Biancardi, the national director for recruiting for the ESPN 100, mentioned briefly the fact that there were still a few unsigned players in the 2018 class who could change the recruiting rankings significantly before all is said and done.
Langford is by far the biggest mover in that group and his impact on whichever program signs him between KU, Indiana and Vanderbilt could be seismic.
Let's start with Kansas, since that's why pretty much all of you are here.
The Jayhawks currently rank 6th by Rivals.com in the 2018 standings, with 2,770 points spread out among four players — two five-star prospects (Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes), one four-star big man (David McCormack) and three-star guard Ochai Agbaji.
Without knowing exactly how the points are awarded, beyond the obvious fact that five-star players are worth more than four and so on down the line, it seems like a safe bet that adding Langford, who, at No. 6 overall in the class no doubt would be big points, could potentially move KU into the No. 2 spot in the 2018 team rankings.
That would give KU as many five-star players as anyone in the country other than Duke, which has four, and give Kansas as many total 2018 signees (5) as any program not named UCLA, which has six, currently in the Top 12.
Beyond that, the average star ranking for those five players in KU's 2018 class would jump slightly from 4.25 to 4.4, moving the Jayhawks ahead of UCLA (4.17) and behind only Duke (5), Kentucky (4.75), North Carolina (4.67), Vanderbilt (4.67), Oregon (4.5) and LSU (4.5).
Vanderbilt? How'd they pop in there? Well, consider that at least some of the reason why Langford is seriously considering the Commodores, who, with two five-star prospects and one four-star prospect in their 2018 class, currently rank eighth in the Rivals team rankings.
Landing Langford not only would give Vandy a player with serious star power, but it also would likely move Bryce Drew's program into the Top 4 of the 2018 team rankings and give the program arguably its best recruiting class of all time.
As is the case with KU, where Langford appears to be the missing piece for KU's stacked perimeter, adding the 6-foot-6, 190-pound New Albany, Ind., guard to a 2018 haul that includes five-star forward Simisola Shittu (6-9, 220, ranked No. 7 by Rivals), local five-star guard Darius Garland (6-1, 165, No. 18) — and four-star small forward Aaron Nesmith (6-5, 180, No. 68), would round out Vandy's 2018 class nicely.
And then there's Indiana, the local school in desperate need of a player who can put the Hoosiers back on the map and bring some of that shine back to Bloomington.
With four four-star players signed in the 2018 class, Indiana's recruiting under second-year coach Archie Miller is off to a strong start. But adding Langford, who has become a cult hero throughout the Hoosier State would be by far the biggest move Miller has made in his coaching career.
Beyond that, it also would likely send IU sky-rocketing in the 2018 team rankings, from its current spot at No. 21 potentially as high as Top 5 or 6, possibility even ahead of Kansas.
While we should know where Langford is headed in the next couple of weeks, it's clear that whichever program lands him will get a huge bump in just about every way imaginable — talent, scoring, odds of making a run during the 2018-19 season, exposure and, yes, even in the recruiting rankings.
Whether you're talking about KU jumping from No. 6 to No. 2, Vandy from No. 12 into the Top 5 or Indiana from No. 21 all the way up near Kansas, the impact of signing a player as talented as Langford is enormous no matter where you're starting or which players/program you're adding him to.