The recruiting battle is still waging on for Romeo Langford, the No. 5 prospect nationwide in the Class of 2018.
Kansas, Indiana and Vanderbilt are all vying for the services of the shooting guard, who is the highest-ranked non-committed prospect in his class. A timetable for his decision has not yet been set, keeping all three schools on edge.
Langford has praised Kansas coach Bill Self’s ability to churn out NBA-ready players, and he stresses that the FBI investigation involving the Jayhawks will not affect his decision. Still, CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone thinks Kansas would be the worst fit for Langford among his top three schools.
“I wouldn’t rule out Kansas, if only because Kansas is a perennial power with a strong pull for blue-chippers such as Langford,” Boone wrote. “But even with Lagerald Vick and Malik Newman pursuing professional opportunities, I suspect he may simply like his chances elsewhere, where he wouldn’t likely bang up against Quentin Grimes for playing time — and prestige — in the backcourt.”
Grimes is the No. 11 overall player and No. 2 combo guard in the country. He’s been committed to the Jayhawks since November.
The Jayhawks don’t necessarily need Langford. Kansas will wind up with the top class in the Big 12, with or without him. But he is undoubtedly talented, and could be a difference maker as the Jayhawks chase their second straight Final Four appearance.