Tide on Defense for Ledbetter

TUCKER – Alabama is known for good defense, and they are playing it right now in the recruitment on Jonathan Ledbetter.

Jonathan Ledbetter's surprise commitment to the Tide in January got a lot of attention a few months ago, but he's nestled back into his recruiting hiding place over the last few months.

"I just don't like the drama," he said on Monday. "Its just not for me."

That's a statement backed up by Tucker coach Brian Lamar.

"We are pretty quiet around here with all of that," Lamar said.

The four-star defensive lineman was a key part of Tucker's 14-1 season last fall, and will be critical to the Tigers' move up to the state's largest classification in August. He's participated in some camps this spring, but has maintained a low profile in the world of recruiting.

So much of the time during his time with Scout on Monday, Ledbetter spent talking about the difference in going to a private school (he was at Holy Innocence before deciding to play where he lives in DeKalb County) and public school, golf and his team's pre-game meal at Matthews Cafeteria on Main Street.

Not unlike many prospects around the country, Ledbetter is greatly influenced by his mother, who, according to Lamar, has stressed academics over and over to her son. Its no surprise, then, that Ledbetter is "pretty much in all advanced classes" according to Lamar.

On the field Ledbetter uses his 6-4, 270-frame to bully most foes from his defensive end spot. He's going to change numbers this fall from #81 to #9 – a move he's looking forward to.

"Man I hated wearing that 81," he said. "I don't know why. I just did."

The complex matter at hand, however, is recruiting. Ledbetter surprisingly committed to Alabama in January, but has been pursued by the rest of the SEC and schools around the nation.

"Everyone has come through here," Lamar said of recruiters.

That's not a surprise, but the challenge for Alabama will be keeping Ledbetter committed with Georgia and others breathing down their necks. The last player Georgia didn't get from Tucker they really wanted was James Vaughters – and that was five years ago.

Tucker, quite frankly, has been Georgia country for some time… three former Tigers will be in Silver Britches this fall. And there is peer pressure, too. Georgia commit Chauncey Rivers, who plays just down the road at Stephenson, is pushing hard for his childhood friend to play with him in college, and in Athens.

"I am 100% that he's going to Georgia with me. I am working on him. We can make one school better than the other schools… Georgia," Rivers said.

Alabama will most certainly have something to say about that.


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