They say iron sharpens iron and I don’t disagree with them. That’s why I have no problem with players heading to IMG Academy to play football from all parts of the country.
Khalil Ladler transferred there from his home in Georgia and is going to get to compete with and against so many other players who will be moving on to the next level, just like him. Where he is at right now is a player is not where he is going to be after being there as a senior and coaches from schools like LSU, Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee are excited about the kind of cornerback they will be getting if they land Ladler.
Ladler has solid size for the position, but doesn’t appear to have great length. He is a smooth athlete that changes directions well. He has very good speed.
I’m really impressed with what I saw with Ladler’s footwork. He transitions well and is quick out of his breaks. He does a good job of tracking the ball when it’s in the air and shows good ball skills.
He played a lot of off coverage where he was bailing so I did not get to see him press at the line. I would have liked to see what he could do in that area. I would like to see him in more coverage situations to get a better evaluation of him. He’ll be at The Opening finals in July so he’ll get a chance to show what he can do then.
He’s a willing tackler that is more physical than his size, but sometimes takes poor angles when attacking. He shows good instincts to try and strip the football when he tracks down players in the open field.
Ladler plays with a little bit of an edge to his game and that’s nice to see. He does well getting off blocks to pursue the ball.
Even though he’s not the biggest player at the position, I see him as more of boundary corner based on the film I’ve seen.
As I mentioned at the top of this post, I would expect he improves a lot as a senior simply by being around and competing with so many great players and he’ll obviously receiver good coaching as well. He’s just scratching the surface as to what kind of corner he is going to be and has the tools to develop into a very good starter at the college level.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).