Tucker – Tucker, Ga.
No. 91 overall player in the country
No. 10 DT in the country
No. 11 overall player in Georgia
Tucker DL Jonathon Ledbetter doesn’t want to wait any longer, and Georgia couldn’t be happier to hear what he has to say.
"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 August 16. It is a move that had been anticipated for some time.
"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 was 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.”
HONORS: Scout.com #91 player nationally, #10 DT nationally, #3 ranked DT in the South, #11 player in the state… Dawg Post #11 ranked overall player in Georgia… PrepStar five-star prospect, #56 ranked player in the country… 2014 Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State Class AAAAAA honorable mention… Participated in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game
SCOUTING: Ledbetter is a powerful defensive lineman who could project as a strongside end or defensive tackle. He has long arms and he shows flashes of dominance up front. He is a bull-rush guy right now and just tries to overpower the man in front of him. He needs work to improve his pad level because he can pop up quickly at times, but when he stays low, he can dominate. He slides down the line well and he will chase backside. - Chad Simmons
LEGGE’S QUESTION: Is Ledbetter an end or a tackle? Seems like an end at this minute, and with the skill around him on the defensive line he might be best place out at end, but he’s going to have to probably play both.
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: Hard not to love Jonathan Ledbetter - very hard. He steady, but makes plays at the same time. If Trenton Thompson were not in this class, Ledbetter would be getting a ton of attention as the anchor of this defensive line class. I went to Tucker and have had a shot to see Ledbetter play a lot. His best night game when he made the game-winning fumble recovery for a touchdown from midfield against Grayson last November. The play was all you need to know about Ledbetter. He was there when he needed to be, and he made galloped about 50 yards to win the game for Tucker. How often does a defensive lineman make a 50-yard play? That’s all you need to know. He’s an NFL-level player if he stays healthy.