Posted: 7:00 pm Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

UGA flirts with top Alabama recruit 

By Michael Carvell

If UGA had a list of top prospects that it would like to flip before signing day, Jonathan Ledbetter would probably be at the top.

The 4-star defensive tackle from Tucker High School surprisingly committed to Alabama last January without telling his mother or coach in advance.

The good news for UGA is that Ledbetter has made several unofficial visits in recent month, including a trip to see the Bulldogs last week.

What’s the status of Ledbetter’s commitment to Alabama? What would it take for UGA to flip him? What are UGA’s chances?

Ledbetter talks about that and more in the below video:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3636703968001

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153 comments
Dawg143
Dawg143

He is strongly considering the Dawgs, Behind the scenes, Dawg commits that he knows are working on him. His early turn to the Tide seems like he was caught up in the moment, without considering. He can sit on the bench for most of 2 years there, or get valuable playing time at U.G.A. where he will be appreciated. Be part ot the top, nasty on the field, Championship defense that Pruitt and his new, very talented staff are putting together. Early, immediate playing time for his home state team. Playing early and gaining valuable playing time at U.G.A. Jonathan will be behind other 5 stars at Alabama, just one of many. At home UGA, he will contribute, develop faster, be part of the great future and will be appreciated. Go Dawgs!

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Don't think Ledbetter will sign with Bama but that is OK. Nick is recruiting right over the top of him. You shop we shop. The two players from the Miami area are a concern for Bama's class though. The Bama depth chart is a big big items for the others teams in using against the Tide. All is fair in recruiting.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

It sounds like the young man is really 100% settled on Alabama or any school just yet. That doesn't necessarily mean that much good news for the DAWGS but time will tell.

SlawDawg
SlawDawg

If Ledbetter wants to hang with thugs, criminals, rednecks, and get to visit Shreveport each December then he will be Athens bound.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

If he has his hand out then he stays, if not then he comes to UGA.

greenedefense
greenedefense

There are so many fish out there that these schools don't have enough scholarships to offer!

greenedefense
greenedefense

@96JB …..there are plenty plenty of 4 star fish out there for both schools!

greenedefense
greenedefense

50/50 that he will decide on Alabama, Georgia or one of the other offers that he has.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Would be nice to have Ledbetter. Not banking on it, but would be a nice addition. Do what you want.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

Well this is our state. I'm glad the Tech fans realize that.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

bucket, like i said earlier, i have never been a OSU fan. But i don't hate them, and sloopy has caught more crap and insults( school and personal) as any 10 posters on here. But he does make entertaining posts at times. Like i said before nothing personal just business.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@Hangonsloopy 


Had my fun with you today.  Now moving on to things far more worthy of my time and effort.  Enjoy your day, as best you can. 

mike69
mike69

HE WOULD BE STUPID TO FLIP. BUT THAT IS HIS DECISSION.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Are we going to go Politics and religion now, time to go walk. Getting pretty good at it.

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@SlawDawg I don't want the kid to end up at the Athens jail.

PLease humps,  leave him alone so he want end up with a criminal record. 

Contractor1
Contractor1

If he wants to win, he stays.  if he wants to lose to Vanderbilt and three to four others each year, he flips.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Yet we come into this state and recruit your players away.  Players want to win, not be mediocre and ALMOST get there.  Yeah, you own this state alright.  Georgia Southern will be on your tail soon, so watch out.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@DawgGoneIt In football and pantie sports, not so much with the other ones. See bucket, kind of like my part-time job.

thebucket
thebucket

@gtcaryd  He catches crap because his sole purpose for being here is to sling crap. You think he is entertaining because you don't like UGA either. Those of us who do love UGA find his constant criticism and cynicism overbearing. And that's my whole point. Ask yourself, why is bucket here and why is sloopy (aka buckeye, aka delusionaldog) here? I am here because I love UGA and Athens. Sloopy is only here to constantly make disparaging remarks about the university I love and other posters. It's a free country and he or you or anyone can say anything they want to. But if you constantly bash and never offer any objective objections then everyone will respond you in kind.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@gtcaryd 


God bless your walk, there gt.....and when you sneeze as well.  

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

Want or won't? If you are going to try to belittle somebody, at least get your grammar correct.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@Contractor1 You act like UGA loses to Vanderbilt every year. Of course you're going to take last year's cough up and run with it just like every other troll. But you and I both know, and so does everyone else, that UGA is the big dog in the SEC East.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@thebucket  It's a free country and you can say whatever you want to, you have that freedom but no one is exempt from the consequences of those words.  You reap what you sow.  If you sow hatred and venom then you'd damned well better expect to get it back.  If you don't like it, leave.  It is just that simple.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@thebucket @gtcaryd How do you know what i like? Do you think Flat is a UGA fan? If i were a dawg i would be similar to Flat. He get's embarrassed by all the sunshine and lollipop posts and the back patting and the this is the year! Got to have checks and balances in life. And as i have stated many times, i am a Georgian first and foremost and i got no enjoyment watching the cornholes beat ya'll. They play 7 man football in that state i think.
 

WhiskeyBreath
WhiskeyBreath

@DawgGoneIt @Contractor1 Historically, Vandy might be one of the worst teams in NCAA history. So for you guys every year to struggle and get

into a fight,  is just pathetic to say the least.

I guess it says alot of about the underachieving of Ga.  

Funny thing as usual, you say they started the fight and forced Ga  to act that way. Too predictable. You guys sure were taking up for Grantham then.  

Contractor1
Contractor1

Central Florida, enough said.  Don't act like your boys are above it all, because atleast we have trophies and rings to show for our labors.  What do y'all have?

Contractor1
Contractor1

Typical sidewalk fan, only caring about one sport instead of the entire institution.  Boy has never even stepped foot on campus for anything other than the one football game he goes to, and may not have ever even done that much.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@gtcaryd  Who cares?  It doesn't change anything one way or the other.  If you don't like it, go away.  Sorry but it's just that simple.  No one told you you have to be here.

Contractor1
Contractor1

I say some stuff that makes Georgia fans mad, but it's always to the ones that run their mouths off like Alternative Daw, Moist, 350, and NCDawg.  I actually like holding good conversation with knowledgable Georgia fans, and actual alumni.  Heck, my family are all Georgia fans, so I just drill the ones on here that are slinging the crap, outright lying, and simply delusional ones.

Terry1961
Terry1961

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@Contractor1, Didn't know they gave trophies and rings to fans? And other than running your mouth on a blog, you've probably done diddly squat for Bama football as far as laboring.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Contractor1 nope a loss is a loss.  Ride vandy until after the game this year and then just shut up.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Oh, and that was before this last year when your team was relegated to a bowl in Nashville and got beat by a mediocre Central Florida team, not the one that reached the Fiesta Bowl last year.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

@Contrator1: I wholeheartedly agree but most posters on here don't have an Alma mater that doesn't end in "High School". And the way they say childish things about institutes of higher education, I'm not too sure even have a high school Alma mater.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Contractor1  90% of everyone that claims to be a Bama fan never stepped foot on campus except for football games.  I see lots of band-wagoners around too.  Sorry, Bama is the king of sidewalk fans.

Nate-the-Great
Nate-the-Great

Should the women get educated too? Or should we live under Taliban rule?

DawginCO
DawginCO

@TravisBickle5150  Ask my family about that child.  Go ahead. Well?  And there are 100's of thousands other people who can testify you are full of sh_t as well.  Thank you for the convenient platform to prove what a brain dead jerk you are.

thebucket
thebucket

@Contractor1  That's fair enough and all guys like me are asking for on the blogs. I know there are UGA "fans" who come on here and post some stupid and/or outrageous stuff sometimes. If they attack your school then have it. I don't defend, apologize for, or commend UGA "fans" if they make outrageous claims. And sometimes I may say harsh things about other schools and if those fans want to go at it with me, that's fine, too. But when you have people, like Sloopy, who only show up to make silly and snide comments about UGA, regardless of the subject or story, then that act grows old in a hurry. I understand the family thing because I have a nephew who graduated from GT a couple of years ago and we are all very proud of him.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Contractor1 btw  Central Florida was 11-3 that year.  LA-Monroe was 6-6 when they beat Bama.  Vandy was 9-4 last year.  Make of that what you will. 

A loss is a loss and sorry even mighty Bama has coughed up a hairball or 2.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Well you can't say that to me because I actually went and graduated from Alabama, so please save that argument for someone you can use it on.  I can say that to you, because you are obviously a sidewalk fan.  True Georgia fans and alumni are very passionate about their gymnastics, golf, tennis, swimming, etc.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

@Nate-the-Great Wow, you must be a real scholar of the Muslim nations for sure. It is not only the Taliban, it is the Muslim belief that relegates women to a secondary role. See Saudi Arabian history if you realize of course that they are a Muslim nation as well.

Contractor1
Contractor1

I hear you man.  probably why we have never gotten into it on here about anything.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Contractor1  Doesn't matter.  You assume it is true with no proof.  So that is just as bad.

Contractor1
Contractor1

The proof is in the pudding man.  Your post make you as transparent as they come.  I would love to be proven wrong.

DawginCO
DawginCO

@Contractor1  Transparent to what?  I'm no sidewalk fan.  My Dad, my brother and I all graduated with degrees from Georgia.  And couple of my cousins as well.  Sorry, barking up the wrong tree.