January 28, 2013
Pickerington North's Ladipo to play for Air Force
Pickerington North's 2013 senior class is up to four Division I football recruits.
Jake Butt already has early-enrolled at Michigan and Godwin Igwebuike (Northwestern) and Chris Huhn (Marshall) are expected to sign letters of intent to play collegiately Feb. 6.
Joining them will be Roland Ladipo, a WR/DB who will commit to an appointment to Air Force.
Ladipo had 18 receptions for 176 yards on offense and made second-team all-district at defensive back last fall as the Panthers went 12-2 and advanced to a Division I state semifinal.
He also considered Cornell, Dartmouth and Holy Cross.
"The degree you get (at Air Force) really means something," Ladipo said. "You get a guaranteed job right out of college with a nice salary. ... You're playing at one of the highest levels of college football there, given a chance to win big games against big schools. The players are great. The coaching staff treats you like family."
Air Force lost to Rice 33-14 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Dec. 29 to finish with a 6-7 record. Considering that's a down season for the Falcons, Ladipo should find his time there enjoyable.
Despite being in the Mountain West, Air Force has hooked up with numerous players from central Ohio in recent years. Johnstown's Riley Cannon, Hilliard Davidson's Connor Dietz, Westerville Central's Miles Fisher and DeSales Josh Kusan all were on the Falcons' roster last season.