BUFORD, Ga. -- The last of 223 prospects to arrive for Saturday's NFTC in Georgia ended up being one of the best. Cornerback Brendan Langley (Marietta, Ga./Kell) had less than 45 miles to drive, but when his GPS messed up, the 6-foot-1, 191-pound cornerback did not arrive until after 10 a.m., causing him to miss the chance to warm up.
Langley later would be tested by some of the better wide receivers in the Southeast, including one he will have to go up against this fall.
"It was not one of my best days," Langley admitted. "Ryan Jenkins gave me the most trouble today; he is just really good."
That is not to say Langley's decision to compete did not come without reward.
"I came in wanting to learn, and I felt like I did accomplish that," Langley said. "The camp instructors taught me about backpedaling, hip placement and coming out of your breaks quickly."
Like Jenkins, Langley also was rewarded with a coveted invite to The Opening, a four-day event in Beaverton, Ore., featuring 150 top prospects from around the country.
"It felt great to get an invite, and I know only the elite prospects get to go out there," Langley said. "I am really excited to get out there and compete again."
Langley was impressed by how the Nike Camp was run.
"Unlike some camps, this was all very organized, and it is also free, giving everybody an opportunity to get better and take something away from the camp, even if it is not recognition," Langley said.
One thing Saturday's Nike Camp also provided the No. 84 prospect in the country was a short reprieve from his recruitment, which has heated up considerably over the last month.
"Nobody was out here recruiting me today because they were trying to compete and earn an invite to the opening," Langley said. "I know they will probably get back on me tonight."
"I am still kind of staying with Georgia on top, Alabama second, Tennessee third, Florida fourth and South Carolina fifth," Langley said. "I feel like my decision timeline is coming along, and I would like to try and commit by the end of the summer."
Georgia has commitments from cornerback Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) and Reggie Wilkerson (Citron, Fla./North Marion), juco cornerback Steven Nelson (Warner Robins, Ga./College of the Sequoias), and two athletes who also could contribute at corner in J.J. Green (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.) and Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek). The staff has let Langley know he could finish off one of the most impressive hauls ever for the school at the position.
"Georgia has said to an extent that I would complete their cornerback class," Langley said. "Them telling me I am their top guy is a little overwhelming, but at the same time, I like it, and I can respect their honesty in things like that. We will see how things work out."