Rosa Fort linebacker Ronald Ladd, Jr. making noise in emerging as a 4-Star recruit

Ron1TUNICA, Mississippi — Ronald Ladd, Jr. is only a junior for Rosa Fort High’s football team.

In looking at his athletic resume, one could easily mistake him for a senior.

For starters, Ladd has made appearances at virtually every major football 7-on-7 camp throughout the Mid-South and Southeast regions since embarking upon the high school ranks.

Add to the fact that this speedy, 6-foot, 200-pound outside linebacker has been as good as advertised this season for a Rosa Fort team that carries a 6-0 record into Friday night’s Mississippi Region 2-4A game at Lafayette for first place supremacy, and it’s no wonder college scouts and recruiters have made it a point to keep a close watch on a player that has been upgraded to a 4-Star recruit by various recruiting analysts.

During a recent interview with Sports Journalist Andre Johnson, Ladd’s father, Ronald Ladd, Sr. said that Memphis, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida State, Florida, Indiana, Navy, Mississippi State, Southeast Louisiana, UCLA, Auburn, and Kentucky are among the schools that have expressed interest in Ladd, Jr.

Given his remarkable display in this, his pivotal junior campaign, now we know why.

Through the Lions’ six outings, Ladd has garnered a team-leading six tackles, including 32 solo tackles.

FAMILIAR FACE --- Ladd has made appearances at virtually every major football 7-on-7 camp throughout the Mid-South and Southeast regions since embarking upon the high school ranks.

FAMILIAR FACE — Ladd has made appearances at virtually every major football 7-on-7 camp throughout the Mid-South and Southeast regions since embarking upon the high school ranks.

To his credit, he has been nothing less than impressive for potent Rosa Fort defense that has limited the opposition to an average of just seven points per game.

So how to explain Ladd, Jr’s continuous rise as arguably one of the Mid-South’s finest high school linebackers?

As his father tells it, his son has always envisioned becoming a force on the competitive football circuit since his recreational playing days roughly a decade ago.

STOCK RISING --- During a recent interview with Sports Journalist Andre Johnson, Ladd’s father, Ronald Ladd, Sr. said that Memphis, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida State, Florida, Indiana, Navy, Mississippi State, Southeast Louisiana, UCLA, Auburn, and Kentucky are among the schools that have expressed interest in Ladd, Jr.

STOCK RISING — During a recent interview with Sports Journalist Andre Johnson, Ladd’s father, Ronald Ladd, Sr. said that Memphis, Purdue, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida State, Florida, Indiana, Navy, Mississippi State, Southeast Louisiana, UCLA, Auburn, and Kentucky are among the schools that have expressed interest in Ladd, Jr.

“(Ronald) Jr. started playing football when he was about five or six years old,” Ronald Ladd, Sr. explained. “He also played basketball, but he stuck with football. I was overwhelmed that he was as good as he is. I knew he had great athleticism, because I was great in sports. Going to games watching him play when he was playing peewee football, I would give him pointers on how to play. I never got tired of trying to get him to the next level. I always wanted him to be active and open-minded. I was excited to know that he could play as good as he has.”

Ronald Ladd, Jr., on the other hand, is swift to acknowledge that a majority of his success as one of the area’s top underclassmen has come to fruition, in large part because of the tireless support of his father and mother, Jill.

Because of them, he said, he had been afforded the golden opportunity to connect with that about which he’s passionate.

What’s even more impressive, particularly for a kid who appears headed — for a lack of better words — tackling a full-ride scholarship is that college scouts and recruiters are watching him intensely, a trend that is almost certain to continue into next season.

WE ARE FAMILY --- Ronald Ladd, Jr., on the other hand, is swift to acknowledge that a majority of his success as one of the area’s top underclassmen has come to fruition, in large part because of the tireless support of his father and mother, Jill.

WE ARE FAMILY — Ronald Ladd, Jr., on the other hand, is swift to acknowledge that a majority of his success as one of the area’s top underclassmen has come to fruition, in large part because of the tireless support of his father and mother, Jill.

“My family has been supportive a lot throughout my football life,” Ladd, Jr. said. “Coming to games, pushing me to work hard, telling me to stay focused and humble.”

Not to mention cling to relentless faith as he continues to add to an already solid resume for National Signing Day 2017.

“If you put God first, anything may happen,” Ladd, Jr. said.

Given his remarkable display in this, his pivotal junior campaign, now we know why.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

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