Ladarrius is in the mix for the starting role at the rock
position in the defensive line and will see extensive playing time
in his second season...was a pleasant addition to the team when he
arrived in January 2009 and had a solid spring prior to his
debut...proved to be a versatile and mobile defender...has very
good hands and extremely sound fundamentals...improving his
strength with diligent work in the weight room.
AT TECH (In 2009): Ladarrius played in all 11 games as a true freshman and made 24 total tackles...season-high four tackles against both Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois...claimed his first career quarterback sack at UT Martin for a 10-yard setback.
(In 2008): Was idle during the 2008 Fall semester and enrolled at Tech in January 2009 in time to participate in spring drills.
HIGH SCHOOL: Had a stellar career as a
defensive lineman at Riverdale High School...as a senior, he was
the Class 5A Mr. Football Lineman Award winner and also earned
first-team 5A All-State and All-Midstate honors...two-time
first-team all-region and all-city selection, he was named to the
Tennessean’s Dream Team in 2007, and represented Riverdale
High School in the Tennessee Athletic Coaches’ Association
East/West All-Star Game...had the special honor of having his
jersey retired at his high school...as a senior, he was credited
with 98 total tackles, including 21 tackles-for-loss and 14
quarterback sacks...also forced two and recovered two fumbles, had
two interceptions and scored three defensive touchdowns.
PERSONAL: Ladarrius is the son of Tammy Verge and Joe Verge...birthdate is October 7, 1989...full name is LaDarrius Deshawn Verge...majoring in exercise science and physical education (EXPW).