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Stone Mountain, Ga.
Two-year starter in defensive secondary for AAAAA power located just east of Atlanta... As senior safety, helped Stephenson to undefeated regular season and second round of state playoffs, contributing 80 tackles, 45 solo stops, four INTs and a forced fumble... Scored on punt return, INT return and blocked punt during 2009 season... Named honorable mention AAAAA All-State and All-Region... Had an INT and four tackles in postseason DeKalb County East-West All-Star Game... Posted 39 tackles, including three for loss, as starting safety in 2008... As sophomore, contributed INT in first career start... Also sprinted on track squad.
Kenneth Alfonzo Ladler Jr... Son of Erica and Kenneth Ladler Sr... Born June 23, 1992... Raised in Atlanta area... One of four siblings: brother, Khalil; and sisters, Kenisha and Kaliah... Dad works in personal training; mom is registered nurse... Eight classmates are expected to sign major college football scholarships... Enrolled at Vanderbilt classes for spring 2010 classes.
HEAD COACH RON GARTRELL
"Kenny is a wonderful young man and excellent football prospect for the Commodores. He has been one of our most consistent performers in the defensive secondary.
"Kenny brings a tremendous amount to the football field. He is a very intelligent player, a guy that can run well and hit like a linebacker. He's the kind of safety that doesn't come around all that often.
"Kenny also brings tremendous instincts to the safety position. He knew his responsibilities and those of the guys playing with him."