Catching Up With Kenneth Ladler…

Stephenson High safety, Kenneth Ladler, set aside a few personal goals for the New Year. And one particular goal that he set was to be enrolled into college for the 2010 spring semester. So when the Vanderbilt Coaching Staff seemed a bit uncertain whether of not they'd be able to bring him in this coming January, the 5-11, 188 pound athlete decided to open things up a little bit…

Stephenson High safety, Kenneth Ladler, made a verbal commitment to join the Commodores back in the month of June. But when the Vanderbilt Coaching Staff became uncertain whether or not he'd be able to enroll into school this coming January, the 5-11, 188 pound athlete began exploring his options a little.

"I started looking and leaning toward South Carolina a little bit," Ladler told VandyMania.com. "Mainly because they (South Carolina) told me that they'd be able to get me into school early. I was looking at Kentucky a little bit too, being that a couple of my teammates committed to them. But South Carolina was the main one."

Apparently that little issue has been resolved… "Everything worked out," Ladler said. "I'll be going to Vanderbilt next month. January 9th to be exact…"

Ladler confirmed that he is indeed finished with all of his classes at Stephenson High, and that he didn't see any reason(s) for lingering around Stone Mountain, Georgia. Especially, if there's an opportunity for him to get a head start on his future... "Getting into school early would allow me to get ahead in so many ways," he said. "First off, I would be able to get acclimated to the school. I would also be able to get into the strength and condition program/workouts, participate in spring practice, and play in the spring game too..."

Ladler's senior season didn't end quite like he anticipated. But there are no questions as to whether or not he left his mark on the field. "I had 80 tackles, 4 interceptions, and I scored 3 touchdowns," the Peach State standout said. "One of the interceptions that I returned was for a 70-yard touchdown. I also blocked 3 field goals."

With those kinds of numbers we are certainly anticipating this young man's arrival in Nashville…


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