Four-star wide receiver out of Florida breaks down Clemson visit
|Sunday, January 28, 2018, 8:01 AM- -|
Frank Ladson has offers from all of the big-time programs, but football isn’t the only thing he’s interested in. He also wants to see the academics at each school, and Clemson’s top-notch graduation rate is intriguing for the 2019 4-star wide receiver out of Miami (FL) South Dade.
Ladson is ranked as the No. 28 receiver and the No. 145 overall prospect in the class of 2019 according to Rivals. The 247 rankings have him rated as the No. 125 overall prospect and No. 23 receiver in the nation. ESPN has Ladson rated as the No. 37 player overall in the ESPN Junior 300, and the No. 4 wide receiver in the nation.
Ladson committed to Florida last spring, but the turnover in the Gators’ coaching staff led to him de-committing from Florida on December 5th, the day after Clemson cornerbacks coach Mike Reed visited his school.
He boasts 16 offers, including Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Miami (FL), South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Ladson visited the Clemson campus last week, and one part of the Tigers’ recruiting pitch stood out.
"Since Dabo Swinney was head coach, 172 of 177 seniors have gotten their degrees," Ladson said. "That stood out most about the whole visit. Academics are important to me. I want to go to a school where I can do more than just play football. I already have an idea of what I want to major in, so that really stood out to me.”
Ladson also spent time touring Clemson’s new facilities.
“The new facility they have is really nice,” he said. “I got to tour the whole building. I liked the game area, the weight room, and I really liked the nap room.”
He also spent time with co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Jeff Scott, who told Ladson there is a spot for him a Wide Receiver U.
“Of course, that means a lot,” Ladson about the chance to join Clemson’s stellar list of wide receivers. “They do a good job of developing guys and putting them in the league. Coach Scott talked about how Clemson can help me in the next three or four years to develop into a better young man and receiver.”
Ladson has been invited back for Clemson’s spring game.
“I definitely want to make it back up there,” he said. “I want to see more of the campus and talk to the coaches a little bit more.”
He told TigerNet that his top group includes Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, and Miami.