Player Evaluation: Bryce Langston

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The LSU Tigers picked up a big piece for their class of 2021 on the final day of the NCAA’s early signing period with the commitment of 4-star defensive end Bryce Langston. He became the second 4-star DE to sign with the school in a week, after Texas prospect Landon Jackson did the same.

By Steve Wright

Langston is a 6-foot-3, 250 pound beast out of Vanguard (Ocala, FL) High School. He is ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 144 player nationally in the class, the No. 12 DE, and the No. 22 player in Florida. His commitment gives the Tigers 10 of the top 150 recruits in the class, a massive deal given how they went in the SEC this year after losing so many players to graduation, early entry to the NFL and opt-outs.

Langston is one of those players able to carry all that weight without much of it being bad or heavy. He also has the frame to add pounds in college, giving him potential versatility as an inside rusher as well as coming off of the edge.

As you can in his film, Langston does most of his work from his quick first step and burst off of the line of scrimmage. It is that burst – along with his strength to overpower offensive linemen in high school – that allows him to be effective. The third play of the video shows not only that burst and explosion but also a willingness to pursue a QB when he is scrambling to the other side of the field. Langston also shows great closing speed on a number of his sacks and tackles for a loss and he always seems to win the collision on impact. Langston’s long arms also make him a nightmare to try to sweep around the outside of as he always seems to be in just the right position to make a play and contain the edge.

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