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Virginia Tech football: Get To Know Khalil Ladler

It’s next man up time for the Hokies. Find out more about Divine Deablo’s replacement.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

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?

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.