Arkansas Lands Four-Star DT Ledbetter

Arkansas' 13th pledge of the 2015 recruiting class is a big one as the Razorbacks land Coffeyville, Kan., CC defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter. The four-star prospect chose Arkansas over Florida, Miami and Georgia among others.

It has been a big last few days for Hutchinson, Kan., Community College defensive tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter and the University of Arkansas.

While the Razorbacks were hammering Texas Tech 49-28 in Lubbock last Saturday, Ledbetter (6-4, 270) was racking up 10 tackles and a sack as his Blue Dragons ended a 23-game losing streak to Butler with a 35-26 victory.

Ledbetter than delighted Arkansas coaches and fans on Wednesday when the Florida native decided to go ahead and commit to the Razorbacks over Florida, Miami and Georgia among others.

“I committed to Arkansas because of the coaches, the facilities and the people in Arkansas who have supported the program even in the tough times,” Ledbetter said. “I came up there with my parents on my official visit and loved it and they loved it, too. Since then I've been thinking about it being the right place and now I am sure. I am ending the recruiting process and I am going to be a Razorback.”

He is Arkansas' 13th commit of the 2015 class, the fourth defensive end or tackle in the class, a mid-term graduate who will enroll in January and announced his pledge with the following tweet.

“I want to thank God for the all the opportunities he gave me and I would like to thank all the schools who offered me,” Ledbetter tweeted. “But I'm a Razorback. #WPS"

Ledbetter is coming off a freshman season in which he had 69 tackles, 11 tackles for lost yardage, 11 quarterback hurries, 5 sacks, 3 deflections, 2 pass break ups and a interception that he returned seven yards for a score.

He is off to a fast start this season with 21 tackles, 3 ½ sacks, 6 ½ tackles for lost yardage and a blocked kick and was a big key in ending the long losing streak to Butler.

“It was a huge, huge win for us, obviously ending the losing streak and keeping us moving toward our goal of winning the conference,” Ledbetter said. “I had a good game, but we all did. It was a great effort by our whole team.”

As was Arkansas' dominant win over Texas Tech – a road victory that moved Arkansas to 2-1 heading into this Saturday's 6 p.m home game with Northern Illinois (3-0).

“I really believe in what Coach Bielema and all the coaches are doing at Arkansas,” Ledbetter said. “I believe they have the team headed in the right direction and I am looking forward to coming in and helping out right away. It was great to see them go on the road and get a big win like that. It just shows you what is happening there.”

Ledbetter, who committed to Oklahoma State last season before not qualifying academically, stressed that while he feels good about his game, he is always working to get better.

“I really feel good about my play in the run game, but I want to keep getting better with my pass rush,” Ledbetter said. “I am just listening to my coaches and trying to get better every day. You can never let up.”

Hutchinson, now ranked No. 5 in the national junior college rankings, visits Iowa Central on Saturday.





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