Ken Ladler figured Virginia Tech could be his son’s college choice when it came time to make a decision. What he didn’t know, however, is how soon the decision would come.
“He feels great that he finally did it,” Ken said, referring to his son Khalil’s college commitment. Khalil Ladler pledged to Virginia Tech this past Sunday while in Blacksburg on an official visit, his first ever experience at Tech. “I was shocked because I thought he was going to take all of his officials, but I knew all the while Virginia Tech was in his top two choices. I thought he would come down to Virginia Tech and Tennessee. He felt comfortable once he met with the coaches and players.”
The younger Ladler, a 5’10”, 170-pound cornerback prospect out of IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL), has cancelled a previously scheduled official visit to Tennessee. According to his father, Khalil was also planning to take official visits to Maryland and NC State before he found what he was looking for in Virginia Tech.
“I stayed Saturday with him and then came back early. His mom wanted to stay to see more of the academics of the school,” Ken said, reflecting further on last weekend. “Normally, if there is a school Khalil likes he’ll ask to go into the bookstore to pick up something. They had a shop in the stadium. I asked Khalil if he wanted to go in and he said, ‘Naw.’” I thought that was strange. I couldn’t read him. I knew he was excited about the game and I guess that’s where his focus was at.”
Khalil is fully committed to Virginia Tech and has no plans to visit other schools.
“His focus now is on the SAT and then graduating (in December) and getting ready to come to school in the spring semester,” Ken said.
After attending Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia, for three years, Ladler transferred to IMG Academy for his senior season. Recruiting started early. By the end of his freshman year, Ladler had five or six scholarship offers, each one from a Division 1 school. Virginia Tech’s Torrian Gray expressed interest that year, scouting Ladler in Stephenson’s 2013 Spring Game.
According to Ken, Virginia Tech was one of first schools to offer his son.
“I kind of communicated with [Torrian Gray] all through Khalil’s career,” Ken said. “I knew Virginia Tech...
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