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UGA flips one of Alabama’s top recruits

Future UGA teammates Chauncey Rivers (left) and Jonathan Ledbetter. Both flipped to UGA from other SEC schools (AJC/Michael Carvell)

Future UGA teammates Chauncey Rivers (left) and Jonathan Ledbetter. Both flipped to UGA from other SEC schools (AJC/Michael Carvell)

UGA has flipped one of Alabama’s top football recruits.

Jonathan Ledbetter, a 4-star defensive lineman from Tucker High School, announced his switch via Twitter on Saturday night:

Jonathan was the second part of a masterful “package deal” by UGA, which both offered and signed Ledbetter’s older brother, Joseph Ledbetter, to a football scholarship earlier this month.

Joseph Ledbetter had played NCAA Div. II basketball the past two years before deciding he wanted to play football within the last few months. Joseph tried out at tight end at UGA’s Dawg Night prospect camp last month, and was awarded a scholarship offer (he actually looked pretty good, but no doubt it helped that the Bulldogs wanted his brother). Joseph quickly accepted the offer and began practices with UGA last week.

Back to Jonathan Ledbetter: He’s rated as a 4-star and the state’s No. 10 overall prospect. Most importantly for UGA, Ledbetter fills one of the team’s biggest recruiting needs as an defensive lineman, either at tackle or end.

Ledbetter originally committed to Alabama last January while visiting the SEC school with his Tucker teammate Elisha Shaw, who was later awarded a non-football scholarship by Alabama after suffering a career-ending neck injury. Ledbetter’s commitment was a surprise because he hadn’t discussed it advance with his mother.

He visited several other colleges in the spring and summer, including UGA, Alabama, Auburn and a West coast swing (UCLA, USC, Stanford, Cal), before deciding on the Bulldogs.

Interesting fact: Ledbetter skipped a grade when he was younger and will begin his final year of high school as a 16-year-old senior.

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– By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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