UNC Recruiting: Romeo Langford announces 3 finalists

Romeo Langford announces top 3, eliminates North Carolina

Five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford will likely be one of the last remaining uncommitted prospects in the class of 2018.

Langford has stated multiple times that his decision would come during the spring signing period in April, allowing himself as much time as possible to decide where he’ll play college hoops. That still appears to be Langford’s plan, and now’s he’s eliminated two of the final five schools on his list.

Langford took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to announce his list of three finalists, simultaneously dashing the hopes of two programs looking to sign 2018’s top shooting guard.

In what’s become a feverishly popular trend, Langford tweeted a picture containing three images of himself, each wearing a different team’s uniform. The three teams represented in the tweet were Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt.

Indiana was the most obvious of the three schools, and few people had any doubt whether or not the Hoosiers would make his list of finalists. Kansas was also considered a strong favorite to remain in contention, so there are very few people who are shocked that the Jayhawks made the cut.

The third team, however, was much more difficult to predict. North Carolina, UCLA and Vanderbilt were the teams involved, each hoping to grab the final spot on Langford’s short list.

As it turns out, Vanderbilt continues what is quickly becoming the most successful recruiting cycle in Commodores history.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – MARCH 16: The Vanderbilt Commodores mascot walks on court in the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Not only are they included in Langford’s top three teams, but they are also considered strong favorites to land fellow five-star prospects Simisola Shittu and Darius Garland. A combination of Langford, Shittu and Garland would easily be the best recruiting class in Vanderbilt history.

And while I don’t expect Vanderbilt to snag Langford – that honor will go to the Hoosiers – it is legitimate cause for excitement and optimism for a program this is looking to gain national attention and establish itself as a perennial power in the SEC.

This decision won’t break the Tar Heels or the Bruins, as both programs have already set themselves up with nice 2018 recruiting classes. North Carolina currently has the No. 2-ranked class in the nation, and the Bruins already boast two of the top 60 class of 2018 shooting guards in the country.

And while this closes the books on Langford’s recruitment as far as the Tar Heels are concerned, we’ll wish him the best of luck with his upcoming decision and future endeavors.

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