Vanderbilt fans have been waiting for a while to hear about the status of Malik Langham. The former 4* prospect signed with and played for the Florida Gators in 2018. In his lone game for the Gators — the opener against Charleston Southern, Langham registered a lone tackle. He enrolled at Vanderbilt on June 17th, but the NCAA had taken until today to decide in his case. Langham announced the decision on Twitter.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. I was denied immediate eligibility which means I cannot play this year.I will be the a great teammate for Vanderbilt Football team.#AnchorDown#takeoffin2020 pic.twitter.com/ILBR80G08W— Malik Langham (@malik_langham) October 8, 2019
The 6’5” and 290 pound DL will have 3 years of eligibility for the Commodores. The decision is mostly unsurprising since no extenuating circumstances have been discussed. The lengthy delay seems unnecessary and raises questions about why the NCAA cannot decide these cases in a more timely fashion. Derek Mason and others around the program seemed to think Langham would be approved, and the NCAA had allowed a number of players to play immediately without extenuating circumstances. They apparently spun the roulette wheel, and Langham lost. Or they applied a particular set of rules about how to handle Vanderbilt University athletics.