Posted: 11:27 pm Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Jonathan Ledbetter: Alabama lands 2015 DT from Tucker 

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.

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.

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.

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49 comments
wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

And Bama takes a QB from another school ?   Would never happen at UGA.  It  would seem that proper planning had not been done.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

and Tech went after him too.   Only Bama and Tech pursue 3 stars.  Not UGA.  would seem desparate if UGA

pursued a 3 star.  UGA has an image to uphold.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

And Tech went after him too.  Only Bama and Tech go after 3 stars.  Not UGA.

wreckmaniac
wreckmaniac

This guy is a 3 star.  Relax.  UGA recruits only 5 stars.  

SnoopDawg
SnoopDawg

Well, there's another quality Georgia superstar going out of state.  Who can blame him when his alternative at UGA is MARKT WRECKED...


Whatever happened to the "fence" that Richt was going to build around the state to recruit all our in-state talent?


Kids want to be on championship teams, not the Outback Bowl Boys...

jeffreyd
jeffreyd

Oh good, he's official committed.

TU
TU

Bama gets a back-up QB coming off knee surgery. The spring game will be interesting to see if the QB cadre is allowed to make a forward pass. They may be better off to hand off or toss the ball to Yeldon and Henry.


MoistDawg
MoistDawg

hope he likes loosing.  bama is on the downward direction and its only a matter of time before satan leaves for the nfl.  there loosing streak is at 2 right now and i wouldnt be a bit suprised if they have 3 losses next season.  guess whos more then happy to fill that void?  you guessed it coach mark richt and our bulldawgs.

TideDawg
TideDawg

I don't think I would start the funeral dirge for Bama just yet. Auburn should have finished the season at 8-3. But they won 2 of those games and winning is what counts. 8-3 is respectable, except in the SEC. Auburn will be hard pressed to equal last season's record. Some things stay constant, Bama is still Bama, Saban is still Saban, and Bama's recruiting classes are still among the best. All SEC teams have improved and are still improving. It will be tough for any team to go undefeated in the SEC. However, the new playoff system improves the chance for SEC teams to get to the NC playoffs if they consider strength of schedule. If the playoff selection committee chooses teams by record alone, the SEC could be shutout of the NC playoffs. There very likely could be 4 teams across the nation that go undefeated in 2014 and with ESPN always singing the praises of the West Coast teams and the big 10, they couldn't be happier if the SEC got shutout. "Undefeated" nowadays usually means that a team did not play a strong schedule.


Yes! Alvin Kamara did learn how the process works at Bama. You follow the rules, you work hard, and you do things the Bama way.....or you're gone!! Don't go to Bama if you don't intend to follow the rules.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Jacob Coker commits to Bama today. He will graduate in May and have two years to play QB at Bama. This is a great deal for Coker and Bama. Gives our new QB's time to get better or to get gone...LOL

RealProblem
RealProblem

Dawg-Gawn, the fact that Alabama signed 4 outstanding RB last year is Kamara's problem. I sure would not have sent my kid there, but it has worked well for one of them, Derrick Henry.

Alabama is not our REAL PROBLEM......we are our REAL PROBLEM.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

DT Elisha Shaw was also in Tuscaloosa this weekend with his Tucker teammate Jonathan Ledbetter and friend LB Bryson Allen-Williams... so is a greyshirt in line for Shaw at Bama... then why not announce?

Ledbetter might want to check with Alvin Kamara over the next few months... to learn exactly how that Bama process actually works...

"BELIEVE" in the G

RealProblem
RealProblem

Not sure the LAME hire at Alabama will pay off big, but Tide folks will give Saban a pass due to his past success. Town will only be a BIG LOSS if they can not find a QB of equal talent. Time will tell on that one. My concern is and has been Georgia football players headed out of state.....I know it is early, but the pattern is here again for 2015 recruits. FIRE MARK RICHT!!!!!!!

Blackoutanyone
Blackoutanyone

kingdaddy...I've explained to you in the past.... as you address a fan of a program that has won 3 of the last 5 National Championships, do so with respect.  The writer of this here blog is a card carrying dwag and if you follow him in Twitter or these blogs you'd know he makes a living off baiting Bama fans to his material.  He (like many other Dwags) was having a grand old time pointing to the loss of our 5* qb prospect last night.  Saban took notice and backhanded the jawja squidbillies by snatching up one of your best in state.  Is it my fault your program has nothing more than a winning streak over a hapless ACC school and 1980 to brag about.  I think not.  Either way... it's all in fun old man.  Enjoy your day.  Roll Tide 

keendaddy
keendaddy

Congratulations to Jonathan Ledbetter and the Bama Nation. Seems like a great kid...

Blackoutanyone
Blackoutanyone

The Carvelly spin.  3 star? #39 in state? That's too funny.  Kid is rated 4 star by both rivals and 247. Was named the defensive MVP at the Under Armour combine last month.  Oh well... I suppose Saban will keep winning National Championships with 3* players while the dawgs boast of beating Georgia Tech.

SLR
SLR

Here we go doing what we do best----Supplying FL, FSU, Auburn, AL,UT, USCe, and Clemson with their star football players!!!!!!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Ledbetter, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive tackle rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports, chose the Crimson Tide over scholarship offers from more than a dozen schools, including Auburn, Georgia, Florida and others.

2015 recruits...LOL...The kid must have loved the waterfall at Bama.

CraigSelf
CraigSelf

Always a Brides maid, never a Bride. Go Jackets anyway.

BrownDog
BrownDog

Tampa, Willie says Ricky Town doesn't like Kiffin. Given the speed with which he committed to USC on Saturday, looks like more of a case of loving the new direction of the local school.

For all his recruiting success , Saban's batting average seems lowest at QB. A couple of high-profile prospects he and his staff chose really couldn't play a lick and so now we're down to a kid who played running back, a possible transfer and three or four others carrying clipboards.

BrownDog
BrownDog

Bubba, way early. Pruitt is a recruiting animal. He and Rocker haven't even started on this kid. That said, great pickup for us.

Bubbatavious
Bubbatavious

Well UGa misses out on another... The guy trying to block him looks like Theus!

TampGator1
TampGator1

SECFactFinder......


Plus one for the OL and minus one for the QB position for Bama in 2015 on the same day.  Top QB now headed to USC.  But you get Coker when he graduates this spring.   

SECFactFinder
SECFactFinder

Good pickup.  The best recruiters and schools have their classes for 2014 locked up and are now loading in for 2015.



BAMABABE
BAMABABE

@wreckmaniac officially the most ignorant comment ive ever seen on here!! haha...bama is about to sign a 3rd of the 5*s in this recruiting class, we have 6 parade all americans and could add a 7th tomorrow, we also have the #1 recruit out of multiple states outside of alabama and the #1 recruit according to some services in the country....your hatred for bama and little knowledge about college football recruiting is so obvious im embarrassed for you...lol...

BAMABABE
BAMABABE

@MoistDawg loosing?!?! haha.....how many LOSSES does ga have in the past 3 years?? bc bama has LOST 4 games in 3 years...lol...nice try tho...

willardweems
willardweems

@MoistDawg Bama Fan  11-2 is not a downward direction unless you are used to 1 or no losses. How did your team do?  As far as next season who has a crystal ball? You?  I think not.  Next season will play out,  how it plays out and then we can talk smack, until then, one should worry about their team rather than some other team.  But one doesn't need a crystal ball to for-tell Georgia's.  One only has to look at past performances and the answer becomes very clear.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

The Downhill...you sure know something about that...since 1980 that pretty much is it for the Dawgs.

BAMABABE
BAMABABE

@RealProblem kamara chose to come to bama and for whatever reason he wasnt given the chance to play as a true freshman....saban and co have shown that they will play them so its not a matter of him being told one thing and them doing another...he also got in trouble off the field twice and when he was suspended for the sugar bowl instead of working hard and proving to his teammates that he wanted to be there for them regardless and earn his spot back he was partying at opera (an over 21 club) with johnny football..

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

Speak for yourself RP...  the [like] & [reply] below your post serve as a purpose... use it!

"BELIEVE" in the G

BrownDog
BrownDog

Um, because as opposed to one of your chronically inaccurate statements, DG, Shaw hasn't been cleared to play.

Alvin didn't like football nearly as much when he couldn't be the star. It happens. Should we ask Crowell what he believes about the G?

Blackoutanyone
Blackoutanyone

@Dawg-Gawn well I knew the day would come where we would agree on something.  This young man should talk with Kamara.  If he's not committed to excellence and ready to compete, at the highest level, he should sign with Rev Richt.  

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Bama process works this way....09,11,12...NC's   UGA process works this way 1980...It's documented for you sport.

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

@Blackoutanyone You deserve the same respect as do the tree-poisoners, intoxicated female assaulters, and sexual predators sharing the very credentials you just afforded yourself.  Since it's apparent you're all in the business of one-upsmanship, what will be your "Bama brush" with infamy and when can we expect it?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@Blackoutanyone


Glad to see you back and in action but you might need to pay a little more attention to the 5* QB loss and a current 2-game Bammy losing streak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


AJC took my former handle(Brainiac) or rather refused to allow me to continue using it????


You still got that 71 " TV????????


Please don't give keendaddy(formerly King Daddy) a hard time. He is being pushed to run for governor and I will serve as his treasurer. We are not sure which state we will run for governor of but wish him/us well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keendaddy
keendaddy

Let's talk about your two game losing streak! Greatest team in the world, lol...

Yeah, Bama sucs, but UGA sucs worse!!!

Bama trending down. Auburn passed them already and BO wants to cheapshot UGA. Come on BO, can't you hammer MC without dragging us in your pout? We allllll know Bama folks are a little sensitive right now, but you don't need to confirm our already low opinion of your fans belligerent immaturity. Calm down...We don't even play each other, yet here you go slamming the Dawgs out of fear. I guess...

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

BrownDog....the QB situation at Bama is about the same at every college in America. One really good QB and a bunch of "maybe they can get better" players. The days of two really good QB's at one school are over for these kids want to play and play right now. If Nick Saban were selecting your mutal funds with the same success as he has QB's then your ash would be broke.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Did Crowell get to keep his Dawg?...how about his gun?...how about that missing man picture?

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@keendaddy    Easy there K D. If a Bammy fan kill another Bammy fan it be's entirely possible dey be want to kill a Leghumper fan(It could be me or you in de sights ub de Saturday night special)

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

UGA's depth at QB Hutson Mason 6' 3" 202lbs Sr - Faton Bauta 6' 3" 216lbs RSo - Brice Ramsey 6' 3" 216lbs RFr - Jacob Park 6' 3" 202lbs EE Fr... so it's not the same at every college in America

Jonathan Ledbetter fell to the extreme pressure that Bama puts on young recruits to commit... good luck to Ledbetter inTuscaloosa if he sticks by this commitment...

The state of Georgia is loaded with d-1 prospects for 2015...

"BELIEVE" in the G

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Dewn....when they start it I will bring the hammer. Lot of these folks suffer from envy. They have their NC banner in one hand and their envy in the other.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@BrownDogMason can play as the last two games show. He can put up good numbers, but if UGA doesn't get their defense in order, he will have the same problem Murray did in trying to win games. A QB can not do it by himself and the offense isn't going to be able to win every game for a team. The jury is still out on Coach Pruitt, but if nothing else, he is a refreshing change from Grantham.

The only real bust at QB for UGA in quite a while, has been LeMay, and I am afraid he was his own undoing. Great physical talent but his attitude and lack of time put into the playbook killed him.

BrownDog
BrownDog

Snagglepuss, right on both points. One of the hardest transitions in sport, from all everything high school quarterback to a winning college QB.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

@Dawggone....that list is just what I said ...a collection of "might be able to play QB's"...at best.

Snagglepuss
Snagglepuss

@BrownDog     Us Leg Humpers know that Jacob Park was highly recruited by Bammy but he picked UGA. It remains to be seen whether he is the stud he is proclaimed to be or not!!!!!!!

BrownDog
BrownDog

Gawn, you're exactly in the same boat. You don't know if a single one of them can play, including your presumptive starter. Let's compare notes after week 2 of next season.