Frank Ladson is a five star WR from South Dade in Miami, and ranks as the sixth best high school prospect in the state of Florida. At 6’ 4” and 186 lbs, he is listed as the fourth best WR in the country, 33rd best player overall, and has a 0.9873 rating in the composite.
Despite being committed to Florida at one point, this is another example of Jeff Scott getting his man and once again showing just how strong of a recruiter he is, as well as the drawing power of #WRU. Ladson committed to the Tigers back in April, while visiting the weekend of the Spring Game.
He has excellent hands and has the type of athleticism and speed that it takes to be an elite player on the big stage. He excels at beating one on one coverage, and high points the ball as well as any WR in this class. The only thing that could keep him from being an immediate contributor is his weight. Listed at 186 lbs, he will no doubt need to add some weight to his long frame before he is ready to play the 9 position in this offense.
He had offers from most of today’s main players in college football, and then some. Schools of note that also offered include, Florida, FSU, Miami, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, LSU, and SC.
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Once committed to the Florida Gators, Ladson decided to shut down his recruitment once Clemson came calling. Jeff Scott strikes, yet again, and Clemson is once again able to reach down into Florida and pluck out elite talent. Ladson was once the composite number 14 player overall in the class of 2019 and slid to number 27 in the composite. Ladson’s only real physical limitation right now is his weight. Like Jason said, he will need to pack on additional weight if he wants to play the 9 position at Clemson. He might end up at the 9 or 5 position or both.
Other than that he is an elite talent. He excels at high pointing the ball and making one handed acrobatic catches, winning one-on-one matchups. His length and arms are ridiculous—almost go-go gadget ridiculous. He has the hands and all the athletic prowess to be an elite athlete in CFB. Even in South Florida he is using his speed to beat opposing defenders.
For a taller receiver he is still pretty fluid a route runner and can blow by people on straight go routes. I think he will need to be a more physical player at the next level to be a dominant player. He will need to learn how to battle through press coverage, for example, but all the tools are in place.