Every signing class needs a couple of program guys. I don’t mean guys that are there just to fill a roster spot, I mean guys who are going to bust their ass for years because they’ve always wanted play for whatever school they committed to. Matthew Langlois is one of those guys.
A local kid, Langlois was one of the best athletes from the New Roads area. Langolis didn’t face the stiffest competition at Catholic Point Coupee but that didn’t stop him from piling up offers from several Power Five schools, though none of which were from schools that would ever challenge for the CFP, expansion or no expansion.
Then LSU came around and offered Langlois a scholarship in October and he committed (notably) right around the time the “Sage Ryan is going to Bama” murmurs hit its peak. Was this LSU scrambling and throwing out a CYA offer to another in-state kid at a position of need? Was Langlois just Sage Ryan insurance? Maybe, but the staff had to have their eye on Langlois long before the offer came around. And LSU didn’t pull any shenanigans with Langlois like forcing a gray shirt on the kid after the fact so I’ll withhold my cynicism and say LSU genuinely wanted him in its 2021 class.
247 Composite Ranking: ***
247 Composite Rating: .8801
Owns requisite frame for the secondary at P5 level. Not overly long but athletically built with room for some more mass. Terrific natural athlete with speed verified in track setting. Ran a 10.97 100 as a junior. Speed translates to the gridiron as two-way impact player: RB in a run-heavy offense and safety. Shows impressive burst and top-end speed. Willing tackler who can provide the big hit. Will need plenty of reps to acclimate to full-time defensive back. Has flashed fluidity but will need to hone coverage technique. Faces significant jump in competition level going from small private ball to the P5 level. Functionally athletic player with good football instincts and awareness who could provide valuable position flexibility. Projects to P5 level and could become multi-year starter with proper development.
Evaluation courtesy of 247’s Gabe Brooks
He may not possess Chris Hilton speed (then again who does?), but the kid can fly. He played both ways at Point Coupee, even assuming the running back job in a run-heavy offense, and ran the 100 meter dash during track season. He’s also not shy about laying people out.
He’s already showing results from the Tommy Moffitt weight program. He was listed at 185 on 247, but on LSU’s roster he’s at 197. He’s got the size, he’s got the speed, the only knock seems to be he didn’t play the highest level of competition. But hey, neither did Derek Stingley...
High End: Multi-year contributor before finally locking down a starting position in his junior year. Becomes an NFL Draft pick
Low End: Provides quality depth but never does more than play special teams and in garbage time.
Realistic: I think we’ll see more Matthew Langlois than we expected when he intially committed to LSU. He likely takes a redshirt in 2021, but sees the field in some capacity (perhaps covering kicks and punts) in 2022 and slowly assumes a bigger role as the years pass. I could also see him being a No. 18 three years from now.