All in the family: Safeties and specialists

While the safety group has several prospects with athletic lineage, Kenny Ladler takes the prize with him and his three siblings excelling in track.

Kenny Ladler, Jr.: Vanderbilt Commodores

With their father, Kenneth Ladler, Sr. a personal trainer, it was only "natural" that all four of Kenneth and wife Erica's children would be athletically talented. In addition to his success on the football field, Kenneth Jr. also performed as a sprinter for the Stephenson High School track team.

Kenny would join his brother, Khalil, and sisters Kenisha and Kaliah, as standout track participants during the 2008 USA Track-&-Field Georgia Association Junior Olympic Championships. The Vanderbilt safety was clocked at 57.35 in the 400 meters, adding a 2:14.21 timing in the 800 meters and ran the second leg on the 4x800 intermediate relay team that finished third with a mark of 9:08.44. He also ran 5:02.31 in the 1,500-meters at the 2008 USATF Georgia Association Area B Meet. At the same event, he recorded a season-best of 55.53 in the 400-meter dash.

Khalil was timed at 14.76 in the 100 meters Bantam Boys division at the USATF Junior Olympic Championships, where he ran 30.54 in the 200-meter preliminaries and followed with a 30.47 clocking in the finals. In the six-pound shot put, Khalil finished fifth with a toss of 6.90 meters.

Their sister Kaliah also excelled at the 2008 Junior Olympic Championships, where she was timed at 28.52 in the 200 meters, 1:04.93 in the 400 meters and recorded a 34.13 time in the 200-meter hurdles. For Stephenson High, she recorded times of 66.08 in the 400-meter dash and was a member of the Jaguars' 4x100 relay team that finished third at the Mill Creek Meet with a 52.50 timing, running the third leg in that event. As a prep sophomore in 2011, she had a season-best 68.89 time in the 400 meters at the 13th Annual Stephenson Invitational, adding a 20.24 run in the 100-meter hurdles at the Mill Creek Meet. In the 300-meter hurdles, her best time was 50.08 at the Region 2-AAAAA Championships, where she helped the 4x100 relay team perform at 51.68 and the 4x400 relay squad post a 4:20.27 mark. In 2012, Kaliah had a 400-meter clocking of 68.19 at the Early Bird Invitational, where she performed in the 100-meter hurdles at 18.46.

Sister Kenisha, who is currently a member of Tennessee State's cross country and track-and-field teams, was timed at 29:19.66 in the 5,000-meters at the Dekalb County Championships in 2008 for the Stephenson High cross country squad. At the 2009 Taco Bell Invitational, she had a 400-meter hurdle clocking of 66.73 for Stephenson High, and as a member of the Quicksilver Track Club she performed at the 2009 USATF Georgia Association Junior Olympic Championships in the 100-meter hurdles (17.51), 400-meter hurdles (finished fifth at 66.71) and ran the final leg on the 4x800 relay team that placed third (10:42.75). As a freshman for Tennessee State's cross country team, she performed in the 5,000 meters, clocking a season-best 27:25.1 at the 2009 Mercer Run/Fit Sports Invitational, adding an 18.26 time in the two-mile run at the UTC-FrontRunner Invitational in 2010. In track-and-field, she had season-bests of 7.57 in the 55-meter dash (Ed Temple Classic), 9.14 in the 55-meter hurdles, 10.11 in the 60-meter hurdles (SASF Invitational) and ran the final leg for the 4X400 relay team that had a top time of 4:10.65 (TSU Invite) during the 2010 indoor season. She posted top 2010 outdoor season marks of 16.15 in the 100-meter hurdles (Boston/ Moon Classic) and 63.42 in the 400-meter hurdles (Ohio Valley Conference Champion-ships), in addition to helping the 4x400 relay team post a 4:15.54 time at the Weems Baskin Relays. The 2012 indoor season saw the Tennessee State product run top times of 27.84 in the 200 meters and 64.80 in the 400 meters at the TSU Invite and at the 2012 OVC Outdoor Championships, she added a 68.91 time in the 400-meter hurdles.

Ed Reynolds II: Stanford Cardinal

His father, Ed Reynolds, was an offensive lineman who played football at the University of Virginia and in the NFL with the New England Patriots (1983-91) and New York Giants (1992).

Daniel Sorensen: BYU Cougars

Hopefully, Roxann Sorensen had a good vehicle for her to cart her family around in, for her children likely kept their mother quite busy on weekends traveling to various schools, and even several states to see them perform.

Daniel's older brother, Trevan, was the first of his siblings to venture off to college, playing two seasons as a tight end (2000-01) for Nevada-Las Vegas. Next was his brother, Cody, who was a member of the University of Utah squad as a reserve defensive back.

Utah was also the school where their grandfather, Neil, played for the Utes (1953-54), followed by Uncle Brad, who suited up for Utah during the 1994 season. Daniel's other brothers, Bryan, a tight end and Brad, a quarterback, played together at San Bernardino Valley College in 2006. Brad would later transfer to Southern Utah University and was selected in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.

Daniel has enjoyed a bit of "home cooking" on the Brigham Young campus, whenever Roxann comes for a visit, or when Daniel's cousin BYU placekicker, Justin Sorensen, has his mom, Jill, come by with a "care package" for her son and nephew.

While seniors Justin and Daniel both came from different high schools (not to mention different states) and star at two different positions, they do have something in common that's banded them closer together over the years. The two wear the white and blue of BYU, and that has allowed them to build a relationship that's more like brothers rather than cousins.

Brock Vereen: Minnesota Gophers

His older brother Shane was a standout ball carrier for California, where he ranks seventh in school history with 556 carries for 2,834 yards, scoring a total of 35 touchdowns before joining the New England Patriots in 2011 as a second round draft choice.

Their mother, Venita, was a member of the tennis team at UNLV, where she met their father, Henry, who lettered as a receiver and tailback for the Rebels (1975-78) before being selected in the ninth round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Anthony Fera: Placekicker: Texas Longhorns

His father, Tony Fera, played football and wrestled at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Patrick O'Donnell: Punter/Kickoff Specialist: Miami Hurricanes

His cousin, Christopher Bordino, is a senior thrower on the U.S. Naval Academy track team.

Kirby Van Der Kamp: Punter: Iowa State Cyclones

His cousin, Jamie Beyer, was a seven-time All-American thrower for the Iowa State track and field team (1997-2000).

Dave-Te' Thomas has more than 40 years of experience scouting for the NFL. With the NFL Draft Report, Thomas handles a staff that evaluates and tests college players before the draft and prepares the NFL's official Draft Packet, which is distributed to all 32 teams prior to the draft. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.

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