There was some bad news out of Blacksburg today. The Hokies learned that Divine Deablo would be out for the rest of the season with a foot injury sustained in the victory over Old Dominion. Injuries are common place in college football, so who will be taking Deablo’s place in the secondary?
With Deablo out for the season, redshirt freshman Khalil Ladler moves up to No. 2 at free safety behind Terrell Edmunds. #Hokies— Norm Wood (@normwood) September 25, 2017
Khalil Ladler is a redshirt freshman from Stone Mountain, Georgia. He attended the vaunted IMG Academy in high school, and was a 4* when he signed with the Virginia Tech Hokies. Ladler has battled some injuries of his own. He was rehabbing a torn A.C.L. while at IMG. Ladler has seen action in four games thus far this season. He has recorded two tackles, and managed to force a fumble. Ladler is listed at 5’11”, 180, so the Hokies are going to lose a bit of size with the loss of Deablo. Terrell Edmunds is the starter, but expect to see a bunch of Ladler in the match up against powerful Clemson.