Diamond in the Rough: Tayte Langley

Tayte Langley is a senior linebacker and defensive end at Iota High School in Iota, Louisiana. Tayte has been passionate about football since he started playing at the age of nine. During his senior year he has recorded over 140 total tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 3 pass breakups, and 1 interception. In the Louisiana Gridiron Football bowl game he registered 14 total tackles leading both teams in tackles.

When did you start playing football and when did you begin to like playing football?

I started playing football when I was 9 years old. I played tackle football instead of flag football at the beginning. I enjoyed playing football really at the start and it wasn’t too long afterwards is when I started to have a real passion for football at the age of 9.


What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?

My ability to come downhill, run sideline to sideline, read the offensive, and really being able to instinctively make plays on defense is my biggest strength. Because I’m good at reading the offensive I have a tendency over read the plays, which cause me to make mistake by over reading the plays at times.

 Who is your biggest motivator?

My father, he is one of the biggest reasons why I got into football, and he always wants me to be the best. He played offensive line for LSU and in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.

What has football taught you about yourself as a person?

Playing football has taught me to be a leader by example and not by words.

How do you prepare physically and mentally for a game?

Practicing on Monday and Tuesdays, working out afterwards, and watching game film for an hour each day on the opposing teams offensive line and running backs until gameday.

What do your coaches say about you?

My coaches say that I am a hard worker on and off the field; I buy into the system very well, all in all my coaches say great things about me.

 Why should colleges recruit you?

I am a country kid looking for a place to call home to play football and I have the necessities to get the job done.

 How have you improved since your freshman year of highschool?

I have been using my time to getting bigger, faster, and stronger. I have learned about reading plays and I have developed and improve my natural instincts.

 What did you think about the Louisiana Gridiron Football bowl game you played in recently?

It was great you know, staying at the hotel, meeting new people, players, and coaches from all over. Overall it was an awesome experience.

How would you describe yourself in one word?

I am a very hardworking person, I always like to challenge myself and look for areas that I can constantly improve in.

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