Norman's Ladner might still go D-I
By Justin Harper
Norman linebacker Zach Ladner brokehis right leg against Edmond North 12 days ago and has since had season-ending surgery. But despite the injury, Ladner will probably still get a Division I-A scholarship. Some schools may back off because of the broen leg, but they shouldn’t. It’s not a knee injury. It’s not something that he won’t come back from at full strength.
Regardless, some school is going to luck into a strong player. Ladner had compiled 51 tackles (14 for losses) in four and a half games for the Tigers. The break happened when an offensive lineman from Edmond North fell on him. Ladner has been hearing from Air Force, Tulsa, Dartmouth, SMU and Drake. However, he’s wondering what missing half of his senior season will do to his chances. On the other hand, Ladner’s not feeling sorry for himself.
“It’s football, injuries happen,” he said. “I hated that my senior season had to end early, but I think I’ll still get a chance to play (in college).”
He will, it’s just a question of if the D-I schools that had been talking to him will stick with him. They should.
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