Tide Commitment Has Fun at Big Cat Event

Defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter from Tucker, Ga., discusses his visit to Auburn.

Tucker, Ga.--Four star defensive lineman Jonathan Ledbetter, who verbally committed to Alabama in January, has made several recent trips to Auburn, including a visit on Saturday for the Tigers' annual Big Cat Weekend.

The 6-4, 270 Ledbetter attended the event with his Tucker High School teammate, Elijah Sullivan, who is committed to play for the Tigers.

Ledbetter noted that he likes Auburn's coaches and pointed out that with the team's graduation losses there will be an opportunity for defensive line recruits to play early, something that has got his attention. He has also visited Georgia recently and is being recruited by the Bulldogs.

Ledbetter and Sullivan were two of several dozen highly-regarded prospects who participated in the Big Cat event. "Elijah was going so I decided to go, too," Ledbetter said.

"It was a lot of fun," he noted. "I got to hang out with the guys, a lot of big-time recruits I already know."

Jonathan Ledbetter

Among the activities were contests with the prospects and coaches divided into different teams for eating contests, a singing contest, relays and other events.

"The competition was fun," Ledbetter said. "We got to run around and have fun. It wasn't about football, it was about having fun."

He said his favorite contest was a scavenger hunt. "We got to ride around campus on golf carts and we had to get off the cart a couple of times and run to the destination and take a picture in front of the stuff," Ledbetter said. "It was fun, bonding with the guys, racing back and forth to the carts."

The prospect said he enjoyed spending time with Rodney Garner, Auburn's defensive line coach. "He is a great guy, unbelievable. He is one of the coolest coaches I have ever met.

"He is a good guy, straightwards, doesn't beat around the bush," the prospect added. "When he says something, he means it. When he says he is going to do something he also means it."

While saying he is still committed to the Tide, Ledbetter noted he likes the Auburn program and the trip to Big Cat Weekend was a positive one. "I enjoyed it (Auburn) a lot more after this experience," he said. "I got to meet with the coaches and staff on a more personal level outside of football. It gave me more insight on the school. I definitely enjoyed it. It puts them higher up."

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