Malik Langham transfers to Vanderbilt
Former four-star spent one season at UF
Former Florida defensive end Malik Langham has transferred to Vanderbilt, Vandy247 has learned. A source confirmed Langham enrolled at VU on Monday.
Langham (6-4, 286) entered his name in the NCAA’s transfer portal April 15 after a redshirt season in Gainesville, Fla, in 2018. He has three years of eligibility remaining and it's unclear at this time as to whether Langham will seek a waiver to be immediately eligible for the 2019 season.
Later on Monday, Langham confirmed the news himself via his Twitter page.
Langham played for Florida in two games in 2018 – against Idaho and Charleston Southern – and made his only career tackle in the CSU game.
A former four-star prospect out of Huntsville, Ala., Langham was rated as the No. 315 overall player in the country in 2018 by the 247Composite, an industry-generated recruiting ranking. He was rated as the No. 14 overall strong-side defensive end and the No. 11 overall player in the state of Alabama.
Langham officially visited Vanderbilt during his recruitment, but chose UF over Notre Dame, Alabama and Auburn. In May of 2017 he included Vandy in a list of the top 11 programs he wanted to play for in college.
Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason conducted an in-home visit with Langham in January of 2018. Langham was in uniform Oct. 13 when Florida played at Vanderbilt.
"I talked to my family, we had a sit-down for like two hours," Langham said last year about his decision to play for Florida. "We talked about every school, Alabama, Auburn and Florida. The best fit for me was Florida. Just the players, me and the players bonded well, and their academics. Florida is second only behind Vanderbilt in the SEC, which is big.
"I just had to make the best decision for me and my family."
Recruited by former Vanderbilt defensive assistants Chris Marve and Warren Belin, “Langham impacts a football game regardless of situation, ideal for any defensive lineman," 247Sports Recruiting Analyst John Garcia, Jr. said. "He plays with great leverage and shows consistent hand technique against blockers, with enough power to reestablish the line of scrimmage and react accordingly. As a pass-rusher, he has good technique at the point of contact to create a lane to the passer. In the process, should he not make it to the quarterback, Langham has shown the awareness to play the passing lane and get his hands on the football.
"Versus the run, a good motor and finishing ability enables him to make plays in between the tackles or in space. His length and frame suggests some offensive tackle ability down the road.”
Langham posted 70 tackles including 10 tackles for loss with eight sacks during his junior season. He also posted five pass breakups and two forced fumbles while earning first team all-Huntsville and all-Region 8-5A.
He made 40 tackles with six tackles for loss and two sacks as a sophomore in 2015.
Langham's senior year included 104 tackles – 15 for a loss – and 11 sacks as well as a safety.
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