Barring a change of heart, the retirement of head coach Frank Beamer and any subsequent assistant coaching departures will not impact Khalil Ladler’s decision to attend Virginia Tech.
“It doesn’t affect me really,” Ladler said in an interview this Monday night. “I’m 100-percent committed [to Virginia Tech].”
Coach Beamer is “a great coach,” Ladler added. “He has done great things for Virginia Tech.”
Ladler, a senior cornerback recruit out of IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL), verbally committed to Virginia Tech on October 4, 2015. He plans on graduating high school on December 19th and enrolling at Tech in January of 2016. Ladler is taking two online courses in addition to his regular class load at IMG in order to accomplish this goal.
Tech defensive backs coach Torrian Gray has contacted Ladler since Coach Beamer’s retirement news broke. If Gray isn’t retained by the next coach, Ladler said he still plans on being a Hokie.
“Coach Gray said he doesn’t want to go anywhere, but he can’t control it,” Ladler said. “They have to find a new coach first. If the new coach doesn’t want a new defensive backs coach, he wants to stay. He said he wishes the best for me if he stays or not.”
Blacksburg is one of the biggest draws for Ladler, who was planning on taking more than just one official visit before making his college choice. The official visit he made to Virginia Tech the first weekend in October was all the 5’10”, 170-pound standout needed to see, though.
“It’s not too big. It’s not too small. I’d have to say the town really stands out,” said Ladler, who was planning on taking officials to Maryland, NC State and Tennessee before he pledged to the Hokies.
Ladler is recovering from a torn ACL and subsequent surgery, but the recovery is going well. He began running last week and is expected to be physically ready to participate in football next spring. Before the injury, the Rivals and ESPN.com 4-star prospect held scholarship offers from all of the above schools as well as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, South Carolina and Texas.
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