Auburn, Ala.--One of the top prep kickers in the country, Sage Ledbetter is preparing for a journey that he hopes will lead with him kicking in Jordan-Hare Stadium for the Auburn Tigers.
A standout at Auburn High School, earning All-State and All-American Honors, Ledbetter will continue playing football in his hometown after earning a preferred walk-on spot in Gus Malzahn’s program.
A college known for having productive kickers, Auburn has one of the best in the country right now in upcoming junior Daniel Carlson. While redshirt freshman Ian Shannon is also a kicker in addition to his punting duties, Ledbetter could challenge for playing time early in his college career and said just to get an opportunity would be a dream come true.
“Daniel Carlson is a great kicker and that would be some huge shoes to fill,” Ledbetter said. “But that’s something I would love. I would love to be able to go behind him or anybody like that just to see them and train with them, see what they do and how they train and just observe them. I have a lot more to learn and I really look forward to it.”
A powerful kicker who set a state record as a senior with a 61-yard field goal on a free kick, Ledbetter connected on 11-14 field goal attempts and made 40-42 extra points after making a perfect 80-80 in his first two seasons kicking for the Tigers. Using his strong leg to get a touchback on 98 percent of his kickoffs, Ledbetter said that’s something that he’s hoping to use to his advantage down the road at Auburn.
“I think that’s an advantage to me,” Ledbetter said. “I still need to practice hard and train as hard as I can. I have to put myself into it as much as I can.”
Ledbetter has already accomplished one big goal by being named to the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic as both a kicker and punter. “It was a huge honor to represent my town and Auburn High School,” Ledbetter said. “It’s just an honor and so much fun.”
That was the first step of what he hopes is continued football success after leaving Auburn High. With a strong leg and a love for the sport, he said his goal now is to be on the field in the stadium he’s been to so many times before.
“I would be so grateful,” Ledbetter said. “The Lord has blessed me with so many things and just to have a spot and be able to play football again is just a huge blessing. I’m thankful for that.”