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Posted: Friday, June 8, 2018 10:52 am | Updated: 11:00 am, Fri Jun 8, 2018.

Clemson’s recent success, the amount of wide receivers who have been drafted, and their family atmosphere helped them land a verbal commitment from South Dade five-star prospect Frank Ladson.

Ladson picked Clemson over a number of schools including Alabama, Miami, Florida, Florida State, and Georgia.

“It’s just something that every time I went there it felt different than any other visit,” Ladson said. “Me putting on the jersey and me putting on everything just felt different. It’s a real big family-type of vibe, everybody is close, it’s like a real brotherhood up there, and it’s just something I want to be a part of.”

Ladson, who at 6-foot-4 and 183 pounds with premier speed, is considered the third-best rising senior wide receiver prospect in the country according to the 247Sports Composite ranking after catching 29 passes for 679 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

“He’s a thoroughbred,” South Dade head coach Nate Hudson said.

Clemson’s motto, “Best is the standard,” is printed on a wrist band Ladson wears. The Tigers also have a slogan, ‘All in,’ which Ladson referenced when he announced his commitment that he indeed was, “All in.”

“I feel like that’s the type of level Clemson is at,” Ladson said. “They’re at that level where you’re all in if you want to play in the playoffs and play in the national championship.”

Over the last six years, Clemson has had seven wide receivers selected in the NFL Draft including three in the first round in DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, and Mike Williams under wide receivers coach Jeff Scott.

“That’s big because he’s actually sending guys to the league,” Ladson said. “It’s just something I want to be a part of.”

Ladson has already begun the process of finishing high school in December. He is taking an online English class so he can enroll at Clemson for next spring skipping his final semester at South Dade.

“It will help me get bigger, stronger, faster, learn the playbook, and just get as much information as I can as soon as fast possible,” Ladson said.

He has established himself as another talented prospect coming out of South Dade.

“Down here there’s a whole lot of talent so every day you’re going against the best,” Ladson said. “At South Dade, you see how many D-I guys we have. We go against top guys every day, all day, that’s all we do. Everybody’s fast down here, everybody can play so that’s one thing I love about being from South Florida.”

Growing up in the West Perrine area, Ladson looked up to his older brother, Javari Ladson, who played basketball at Miami Dade College 

and has been one of his top


“He’s just always been there for me, he’s never missed a game, he always talks to me about my game and he has taught me a lot,” Ladson said. “I remember when I played Pee-Wee and I used to play running back. He was the first person to teach me a spin move. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I used it and everybody went crazy.”

Ladson will be looking for more big plays in his final year at South Dade, when he gets to Clemson, and hopefully a professional career.


The South Dade football team will be going on a week-long summer trip next week to visit various colleges in the Southeast. The plan is to visit UCF, South Carolina, Clemson, Kennesaw State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mercer, Florida, and Alabama.

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