The Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson HS) star visited Vandy on Thursday with his family for the big barbeque event. He and his family were taken on a tour of all the facilities and watched a highlight video. Later they took in a 7 on 7 players only game. Then it was time to eat; the Vandy players ate with the prospects and the coaches ate with the parents.
Finally, Ladler was ready to make his commitment to the Commodore staff. "I told coach Bryant I was ready to commit," said Ladler. Then he also told coach Kitchens and head coach Bobby Johnson. Johnson asked him if he was sure and after Ladler said "yes" the coaches all congratulated him.
Ladler, who earned honorable mention All-Region honors as a junior, is excited about playing in Vanderbilt's style of defense. "I watched film with him [Bryant] and they run a lot of nickel and dime coverages. They have a lots of corner blitzes and safety blitzes so I think I fit real well in their schemes."
Ladler, who will play some running back this season as well as his usual safety position, assured me that he has a legitimate 4.6 forty speed and has run it in as low as 4.5 seconds. The talented Georgia prospect had a bad day at the Scout.com combine, running a forgettable 4.91 forty. Apparently the Vanderbilt coaches weren't too worried about the time. Watch the video below and you'll see that Ladler has adequate speed.
Last season Ladler had 34 tackles and one interception while splitting time at safety with a senior. Look for much bigger numbers from him during the upcoming 2009 season.