It’s not uncommon to have a Division-I offensive lineman on your team, even if you are a smaller school like Trinity Catholic (Ocala).
But to have three?
On Wednesday, the Celtics’ Garner Langlo (6’7, 280), offensive tackle Caleb Johnson (6’7, 295), and center Jake Slaughter (6’4, 300) all signed with Division-I schools.
“All three have tremendous upsides and I look forward to watching their growth,” said Trinity Catholic coach John Brantley, whose team lost to Trinity Christian (Jacksonville), 56-33, in last Friday’s Class 3A state semifinals.
Langlo, an offensive tackle, signed with Auburn University. He had 10 SEC offers (Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Tennessee).
“Young man who improved so much in technique and finishing blocks,” Brantley said. “He’s going up to Auburn in January to start early.”
Johnson, who was originally an Auburn commit but decommitted and committed to Notre Dame, honored that commitment by signing with the Irish.
He is the highest rated of the three and listed as the No. 50 overall recruit in Florida for the Class of 2021 according to 247Sports.com.
“His dad played pro ball and instilled a work ethic like no other,” Brantley said. “Expect big things from this young man.”
Slaughter, who signed with the University of Florida, committed to FSU but flipped in July.
“He fulfilled a life-time dream of being a Gator,” said Brantley, who also played for the Gators. “Great leader and teammate but even better person.”
The trio helped pave the way for a 2,000-yard rushing season for the Celtics (7-4).