Posted: 12:36 am Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Top Alabama commit addresses rumor he will flip to UGA at Dawg Night 

By Michael Carvell

Will Alabama commit Jonathan Ledbetter flip to UGA at Friday’s “Dawg Night” prospect camp?

It has been the hottest topic this week on the UGA message boards.

The 4-star defensive tackle from Tucker High School was at DeKalb County Media Day on Tuesday.

We asked Ledbetter point-blank about the issue: What about the rumor he will flip to UGA at Dawg Night?

Ledbetter gave a reply, and see what you think about his answer, along with his body language.

And, when you watch the video below, you’ll see the conversation take a surprising turn: His older brother, Joe Ledbetter, is hoping to join the football program at Alabama or UGA. He’s applied to both schools, and has already been accepted at Alabama. He’s waiting to hear from UGA.

Joe Ledbetter is a former Tucker tight end who has played college basketball the last two seasons at Pfeiffer, an NCAA Div. II school in North Carolina. The 6-foot-5 forward appeared in 23 games last season, averaging 3.4 points and 4.7 rebounds.

You can look at Joe’s basketball film here, and see that he’s pretty big, athletic and physical. Joe hopes to follow the same type of path of Jimmy Graham and Antonio Gates, college basketball players who switched to football late in their athletic careers.

Back to Jonathan Ledbetter. He’s the No. 10 overall prospect in Georgia and probably under-rated since he’s skipped a grade and is still 16 years old. He has been committed to Alabama since last January, and confirmed on Tuesday that he will attend Dawg Night.

What about those rumors Ledbetter will switch from Alabama to UGA at Dawg Night? Please watch the below video:

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1496419233001?bctid=3679095396001

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45 comments
C-Kirk
C-Kirk

This guy knows both Alabama and Georgia would be a good fit for him. If his brother has already been offered by Alabama but still wants to try out for Georgia then his OLDER brother does have some wiggle room. I think if his try out go's good and Georgia offers that he will accept and the young Ledbetter will flip but as we have seen in the past I don't think Georgia will offer just to get the young Ledbetter.

Some of these 5- Stars are finally getting it. That everyone at Alabama can't play at the same time. Come to Georgia who can use the Depth and play your Freshman year if  ready and definitely by your 2ND year or go to Bama and  waste a year of eligibility playing every once in a while and not a starter until your 3RD year. 

Bamaman16
Bamaman16

If he flips its because we told him his spot was being taken by someone else, everyone wants to play at Bama.  But if Coach Saban doesn't start developing all these players that will stop, we have the had the top 5 classes in a row, well on our way to a 6th number one class, yet we are on a 2 game losing streak, one directly related to a coaching decision.  Coach Saban needs to spend more of his time developing a scheme to slow down all the spread offenses we are seeing today, luckily we have been able to outscore most of them, but with starting qb who is a reject from another school, that may not be the case this year.  All us Bama fans need to stick together and demand accountability from our staff.  With the players we are recruiting every year we should win every game by 2 TDs, we should be able to get a home field game in the playoffs of the NFL, but our underperforming team seems to roll over when we face a spread offense.  It seems Coach Saban's plan to stop it was voted down by the rules committee, now we have to stop them on the field, so far we have failed.  As always ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TIDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

CallingOutWhiners
CallingOutWhiners

Does anyone really believe CMR will stay at Georgia 5 more years?


3 years at most.

shameful
shameful

Obviously and intelligent young man and impressive off the field as well. It would be nice to see him stay instate, but I wish him well wherever he decides to play football.

SvenOttke
SvenOttke

So Alabama has 2 5-star recruits and 14 4-star "commits" right now and somehow this kid, because he's entertaining UGa, is a "top commit."  Reach much for traffic?

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

He's a good kid who's looking out for his brother.  Good for him and best of luck wherever he ends up.

Wreckedforlife
Wreckedforlife

@TampGator1 


He statement has nothing to do with race, but way to twist it.

 It is people like you that cause racism to still exist.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Good luck to Jon. He is a goodun. I wish his brother would try basketball at Bama. A one legged blind man could get minutes under Grant.

TIDE_ROLL
TIDE_ROLL

Flip Dallas Warmack fools!


Hey Richt, Hey Booboo, Here's a novel approach, try a DUAL THREAT QUARTERBACK and a physical ATHLETIC offensive line! What have you got to lose? After all it's been 35 years! Try something different Richt! Damn.


The last time Georgia won a National Title, the hula hoop was invented, 1980. Look it up.

forexbomb
forexbomb

He seems a little too smart to flip from Alabama to UGA...  Time will tell...

dcole001
dcole001

If he Flips he might Flip back at the end of the Year. If you remember Derick Henry was once a Georgia Bulldog Verbal Commit, but where is he playing at? That's right a team that has won 4 National Championships since last time Georgia won there one and only.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

CSS said Nick was the best recruiter ever. Ole Ball Coach, no one is more subtle with the backhand.

96JB
96JB

The trend in committing  is getting worse the last 2-3 years. More and more flips....which plays havoc on ANY coach trying to fill needs.. You think you are set at a certain position then the kid flips weeks or days before signing day. I think flipping is hurting football. My idea to curb this is to have a rule that if you flip a kid 30 days inside signing day, you lose a scholarship for next years class. THAT would slow it down.

96JB
96JB

The real question is.....is an offer from Bama an offer? Saban throws out lot's of offers then culls them as their senior year in high progresses.....or doesn't progress.

RedandBlackDAWG
RedandBlackDAWG

I think he is less than a solid commit, and like most young folks, commitment doesn't mean a lot until LOI day.  at the moment. At 16, he is still  at the, recruiting is fun stage. A verbal commitment doesn't mean a whole lot to kids these days. Maybe his brother has a shot at UGA, but I guess we will just have to wait and see on DAWG night. If he is good enough to get a scholarship, I wonder how many years he could play at the FBS level?

whatyagotloran
whatyagotloran

Really well spoken kid and only 16? Bet his parents are going broke trying to keep that big boy fed! Look at his neck! He sure would look good in the red and black!

Believe in the G!

HotDawg
HotDawg

Sounds like a good kid....Can't tell either way about flip. Some of these guys you've gotta wait till that Wednesday in February, no matter the commitment status. No use worrying about it.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Wet Willie...is this the kid you've been predicting to flip for awhile?

Phillipdj
Phillipdj

His only real body language "Tell" was when asked about wanting to play with his brother. If Pruitt wants him badly enough - stand up with big bro in front of everyone at Dawg Night and get HIM to commit.

4-5 commits are coming this weekend folks!

OGTripleOG
OGTripleOG

Yea I doubt that CMR is the best coach we have had since Vince Dooley

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

@SvenOttke He's the #68 prospect in the country for 2015 regardless of position.  And he's only 16 years old.  That's a top prospect by any definition.  Wake up.

TampGator1
TampGator1

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie 


You just keep on waving your confederate flag there, Wet. But it is not going to change the outcome of the civil war or eliminate the civil rights bill signed by President Johnson.  Grant is an outstanding BB coach......and yes, he is a black man.

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

If in fact Brandon Kennedy commits (OL) commits to Bama instead of Auburn on Friday Dallas will be really looking around. Bama needs tackles and we're still signing guards. Kids want to play and play right now and that will not happen for Dallas at Bama. We'll see. 26 is number Bama will take in 2015.

Nick will need to cut some on our list for better players and run some on the roster off as well.....LOL

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

um.... Richt & Bobo aren't listening to you. They get paid handsomely for their decisions. I don't think they run to the 'cruiting blog for your unsagely advice. BTW, no profanity is allowed. MC pay heed.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@TIDE_ROLL  and the last time you said anything even remotely coherent was.....  ok you never have.

Ihateorange
Ihateorange

@dcole001  Nobody outside the state of Alabama gives a rats behind about Alabama.  Why don't you worry about trying to beat Auburn....

OGTripleOG
OGTripleOG

Get real it's no different than it was 5years ago or 10-15 years ago, recruiting is survival of the fittest

Contractor1
Contractor1

Considering most of the recruits are committing before their senior year even begins I think that proves your point to be incorrect.  AJ Green was committed to Georgia since right before his Junior year and never wavered.  It happens everywhere and all the time.  Most of Alabama's recruits are offered their junior year and our coaches hit them hard for two years to maintain their interest and the commitment if we get one.  We get a lot of four and five star guys, and the are rated before their Junior years these days, making offers more of the norm in their Junior year. 

Now if an injury occurs, we will look into grey shirting, just like a lot of other programs do it.  But we offer four year scholarships unlike a lot of schools, so if you sign you'll get your four year deal.

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@96JB Sure - that's why the ones he doesn't opt out on think they've had a Bama offer since they were freshmen, even though Saban might not have been final in his own mind until halfway through their senior year.

Hangonsloopy
Hangonsloopy

@RedandBlackDAWG A commit is a commit. A "less that a sold commit" is not a "commit" at all. Commitment is absolute. You aren't the brightest dog. 

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

@Phillipdj

Do you know something or are you just hoping because I hear 1 for sure maybe 2.

HotDawg
HotDawg

Always possible on Dawg Night. Still a long way to go till February.

Too many people flip out If you don't have 25 commits by July. Or they flip out if you don't get 20 more in January, even if you already have close to maximum number by that time.

BrownDog
BrownDog

@TampGator1 @KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


Tampa, I know Anthony Grant has a lot of friends in Gainesville, but you're reaching here. Whatever the reason, it isn't happening in Tuscaloosa. Saban loves him. The AD loves him. The school president loves him, too. 


But the program lacks consistency, talent and campus support. AG has not worked hard to promote, and has even blown off his radio show on several occasions. Pivotal year ahead. Lots of new players and recruits. Let' see if any of them can play.


Meanwhile, back to football. Wishing JL well whatever he chooses. 

KeepOnSmilingWetWillie
KeepOnSmilingWetWillie

Tampa...GFY...Grant sucks. Even his players don't like him!!!!!!! Mal thought AG was the Man when he signed him along with Wimp and CM. Problem is all three were wrong. LOOK at VCU under Shaky ( I would love to have) and see Grant got way to much credit for his stint there.

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

And you apparently let go of whatever you've been hanging onto. Commits de-commit routinely. Grow up and get a job because this gig isn't paying you anything.

Contractor1
Contractor1

Coming from a guy whose Coach yanked a scholarship from the kid from Tucker who sustained a career ending injury, Shaw.  Oh wait, we kept our promise of a four year scholarship and he attends Alabama on a football scholarship even though he's injured and can never play again.  Yeah, sounds like the definition of slime to me.

ChuckinAlpharetta
ChuckinAlpharetta

@Contractor1 Nick yanked his football scholarship just like everybody else, Einstein. He's not counting against Saban's 85.

OGTripleOG
OGTripleOG

No Elisha is on a Academic scholarship not a football scholarship