Top hoops recruit in Indiana, Romeo Langford, picks Hoosiers

NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Romeo Langford says he will play college basketball at Indiana University.

The highly coveted recruit picked the Hoosiers over other finalists Vanderbilt and Kansas.

"I just felt like that was the place for me, the right fit on and off the court," Langford said immediately following the announcement. "It will mean a lot to me to play in front of my hometown fans."

His decision to attend IU didn't come until just a few days prior to the announcement. The five-star recruit even kept his parents waiting until the last minute.

"He didn't tell any of us, we just had that meeting on the 28th and that's when he revealed where he was going to go," Romeo's father Tim Langford said on Monday evening. "One thing I can tell you, at the beginning of the process, Indiana wasn't his choice. He didn't say who was his choice or not, but he said, 'Dad, it's funny, as long as we dragged this out that Indiana wasn't my choice at first' but I guess as time went he saw some things from the other schools that made him say, 'Indiana."

In four years of high school, Langford led New Albany to a 100-10 record and a 4A State Championship as a sophomore in 2016. He finished his prep career fourth in Indiana high school basketball history with 3,002 points and won the Indiana Mr. Basketball honor as a senior.

When asked what his goal was at the collegiate level when he suits up for the Hoosiers, Langford stated confidently, "to win a national championship."

Nationally, Langford is considered one of the top recruits in the 2018 class, ranked No. 5 in the country by ESPN and No. 6 by 247 Sports and Rivals.