Ledbetter Flips From Bama to Dawgs

Tucker DL Jonathon Ledbetter doesn’t want to wait any longer, and Georgia couldn’t be happier to hear what he has to say.

"Georgia has been gaining moment lately and plus the death of Tre Tre (former Creekside player De’Antre Turman who passed away a year ago today after a scrimmage) and plus Jason Stanley committing just seemed like the perfect time," Ledbetter said of his flip from Alabama to Georgia.

"I couldn't wait anymore," he said.

After completing the first scrimmage of the year Ledbetter drove to Athens and committed to the Bulldogs on Saturday night. It is a move that has been anticipated for some time, but Ledbetter’s actual flip from Alabama to Georgia was not anticipated this weekend. Still, it continues the massive recruiting roll the Bulldogs have been on of late.

In fact, Georgia may be having its most significant recruiting week of the year. Five days after the Bulldogs got a commitment from 5-star Trenton Thompson, Georgia secured two four-star prospects on Saturday night. Creekside WR Jayson Stanley tweeted his decision to pick the Bulldogs earlier Saturday night.

"I've wanted to do this for awhile," Ledbetter said. "I was thinking about it, but when my brother got in it was just a clear sign... it feels great to be a dawg, and I am glad I get to stay home and represent my state."

Ledbetter’s flip from Alabama to Georgia can be seen as both a major win for the Bulldogs and a significant setback for the Tide. Alabama has been ranked No. 1 in Scout.com’s national recruiting rankings for some time, but Georgia is charging hard towards the top of the rankings. The combination of the commitments of Ledbetter and Stanley moved Georgia into the top five of the national rankings after being outside of the top ten as recently as Monday. The Bulldogs still have room to grow - it is expected that they will sign 30 players in the class of 2015, which means they could finish in the top three of Scout.com’s national recruiting rankings for the first time ever.

Ledbetter has been seen as a critical component to Georgia’s recruiting plans in the 2015 class. He also continues the pipeline from Tucker to Athens. The Tigers have three former players on the roster this fall - including Ledbetter’s older brother Joeseph, who enrolled at Georgia earlier this month and is playing tight end. He said earlier this month that he wanted to play with his brother, but that he didn’t want to pressure him to go to Georgia just because he was there.

“I actually talked to my brother and Coach Richt about that,” he said. “I told him that, yes, it would be nice to go to the same college, but that he has to do what’s best for him. If Georgia is not the best place for him — then I don’t want him to go to Georgia. But it would be great to be at Georgia with me, but I am going to tell him to figure out what is the best place for you. I don’t want him to go somewhere just because I am going there. That’s going to determine where you go from there.”

Chad Simmons contributed to this breaking news.

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