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Kansas Lost Out On A 5-Star Recruit Due To FBI Scandal

Romeo Langford accepts his invitation to the McDonald's All-American Game.

Romeo Langford's commitment came yesterday, after months of speculation. The five-star shooting guard was down to Indiana, Kansas, and Vanderbilt. The Jayhawks are clearly the strongest of those three on the court most seasons.

Ahead of the decision, Langford said that Kansas's role in the FBI investigation into college basketball wouldn't have an impact. Kansas and NC State are the two most recent additions to the official FBI releases on the investigation. Two Kansas players, including current Jayhawk Silvio De Sousa, are believed to be involved.

In mid-April, Langford said that the new information "doesn't hurt (Kansas) at all." From USA Today:

“They’re still in my top three,” Langford said of Kansas, adding: “It doesn’t hurt them. It doesn’t make them any better — Well, I don’t know why it would make them better — but it doesn’t hurt them at all.”

Romeo Langford's commitment came on Monday: he will be an Indiana Hoosier.

IU was the favorite to land Langford, although things seemed more up in the air in this recruitment than they do for most. As it turns out, Kansas might've been hurt after all.

Tim Langford, father of the five-star guard, said as much after his decision. According to Mike Miller of The Herald-Times, he said the issue "pushed Kansas out."

"Kansas, it pushed it out for me. Just having that name on your school. I dind't take them out of the three verbally, but in my mind we just didn't want him going there and anybody asking him that type of question. So we don't want him going to school there, we don't care how good the basketball is."

That is certainly not what KU fans want to hear. However, it is hard to blame Langford's father.

Three of the biggest recruits that Kansas has had over the last two years, De Sousa, Billy Preston, and Josh Jackson, have all been connected to this investigation in one way or another. Even if there was no basis for it, Langford would have been subjected to a lot of questions after the fact.