Former Cougar (Current Ute? Just kidding, Vai) and current Philidelphia/Salt Lake City sports media personality Vai Sikahema broke some interesting news today regarding former high school All-American Harvey Langi. According to Sikahema, Langi has expressed desire to transfer to BYU and is set to meet with Bronco Mendenhall later this week to figure out if it’s possible.
This news could be big for BYU. The running back position is set this year and next, but going forward, there is a need for top-tier caliber backs to enter the program and that is what many believe Langi is. If BYU can manage to jump through all of the hoops to land Langi, then this has to be considered a big win for the Cougars.
However, as Sikahema points out, this is far from easy for BYU to pull off. Utah Head Coach Kyle Whittingham simply doesn’t want to release Langi from his scholarship. “As far as I’m concerned, he’s a Ute. I’m not releasing him.” Whittingham told Sikahema in a phone interview.
However, reading between the lines of Sikahema’s article and the quotes he has from Langi, it doesn’t seem like there will be much Whittingham can do. It sure sounds like Langi’s mind is already made up.
Past transfers from Utah lead me to believe that this is just Whittingham expressing his desire to keep Langi and hoping to show him that he means a lot to the program. Much like Mendenhall, Whittingham has never been the type to hold people hostage on his roster if they want to transfer.
This will be a very interesting story to follow over the next few weeks. Langi is hoping that he will be able to suit up to play this fall and BYU coaching staff seems optimistic that there are some loopholes that would allow him to do so.
If Langi can make this happen, it’s a very solid addition to the team. I wouldn’t expect much of an impact this upcoming season, but going into next year without Paul Lasike, there seems to be an opening for a powerful back like Langi. Cross your fingers, BYU fans.