Posted: 11:27 pm Saturday, January 25th, 2014
By Michael Carvell
One of Atlanta’s top football recruits for 2015 committed to Alabama on Saturday.
Jonathan Ledbetter, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive lineman from Tucker High School, committed to Alabama over Auburn and UGA, among others. He announced his decision via Twitter.
Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart had stopped by Tucker to check on Ledbetter last week, and the big guy committed to the Crimson Tide during an unofficial visit on Saturday.
Official committed to play football for the University of Alabama #RollTide 🏈🏈🐘🐘
— 9/12 (@LedbetterDE15) January 26, 2014
Tucker High School coach Bryan Lamar didn’t know Ledbetter was going to commit this early, but he was happy for his junior standout. He had a lot of praise for the 3-star who is rated as the state’s No. 39 overall prospect for 2015.
“He’s got a rare combination of size and speed,” Lamar told the AJC on Saturday. “Right now, he stands about 6-5 and 265 pounds. And he can fly around. He’s big, he’s strong and he’s physical. He can play all across the defensive line at every position. He will probably fill out in college and be an inside guy. But he’s quick and agile enough to stay on the outside, if he was needed there.”
Ledbetter helped Tucker reach this season’s Class AAAAA state championship game after transferring from Holy Innocents’ after his sophomore season. His first offer was from Georgia Tech in October, and he was offered by UGA earlier this month.
Alabama doesn’t have a lot of Georgia players in its 2014 class, with only two imported commitments. But Alabama is setting up nicely to raid the state next year, with three out of the team’s six early commitments from Georgia, including Carver-Columbus High School defensive end Mekhi Brown, whose former coach now works in the recruiting office at Auburn.
Jonathan Ledbetter with a nasty bull rush. https://t.co/E4mNNE9gik
— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) January 26, 2014
Also at Tucker, senior defensive back Kirk Tucker committed to Oklahoma State over N.C. State and Northwestern during his official visit on Saturday. Tucker had recently backed off his pledge to Stanford because he hadn’t cleared admissions, and had plenty of suitors waiting for him. Georgia Tech, UGA, Alabama and Florida had also expressed heavy interest while waiting to see what happened with other players.
Pistols Firing from Tucker, GA. Welcome to the FAMILY! #BeACowboy
— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) January 26, 2014
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