2016 CB, Father Talk Alabama offer

Kenny Ladler, now at Vanderbilt, was one of the best safeties in the Peach State's 2010 cycle. His little brother Khalil, just a high school freshman, already has as impressive an offer list as big bro did and he added Alabama to it this week. The family chimes in on what it all means inside.

Khalil Ladler had offers from South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt already in the bag late last week. He's added another pair of top-notch extensions since.

"FSU was Friday, then Alabama on Tuesday, so the buzz is really going," said Kenneth Ladler, Khalil's father. "It's exciting, to have offers already is wow…I expected them to come, but not that fast."

Dad may have expected them since his son is already starting at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson High as a freshman, putting in impressive work in the fall of 2012. Couple that with his older brother's reputation, and the ninth-grader had BCS written all over him on the recruiting front.

Kenny Ladler was one of the top safeties in Georgia coming out of high school in the class of 2010 before signing with Vanderbilt. Khalil was active in the recruiting process in taking in most of its perks with Kenny.

"He learned from paying attention to his older brother as he went through everything," Kenneth added. "From baseball, basketball, football, it didn't matter. He watched. Most little kids didn't pay attention, but he was focused.

"It started early with him."

Now, Nick Saban and company want the 5-foot-10, 165-pounder on their roster in Tuscaloosa.

"The Alabama offer is confirmed," said the eldest Ladler. "He (Khalil) called the coaches and Coach [Chris] Rumph told him they offered and they like him.

"The [Stephenson] coaches are going to take him to Alabama, he's definitely visiting between now and the summer."

Visiting a school will be nothing new for the frosh, as he hones in on what he's truly looking for in a college program even though he won't sign a letter of intent for nearly three more years. Getting on the field sooner than later may be atop the priority list.

"He went on all the trips before, with his brother, so when he visits schools now he knows what to look for," he said. "I think, like his brother went and played his freshman year, playing time and playing early might be his number one priority.

"He's going to want to top that, that's going to be one of the criteria."

Big brother has been exited to learn of Khalil's success, as well.

"He's excited for him, he's more excited than Khalil," his father said with a laugh. "Kenny doesn't stop smiling and Khalil takes in in stride. He expects it and we're all surprised and shocked."

Even the Alabama offer was expected, since the Stephenson coaching staff let Ladler know the offer was on the way this week. Still, it goes a long way.

"It was great to see that the number one team wants me to come to their school," said the class of 2016 talent. "He (Rumph) presented it well, saying that I'm a great player, they like me and that ‘we want to offer you a scholarship to come to Alabama.'"

The young athlete will be on campus in Tuscaloosa some time his month to learn more about the program.

Said Ladler, "I'm not sure when we're visiting, but I'll be there for a spring practice. It will be sometime before April."


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