After losing to two of its first three games, Crest High School could have folded. Instead, the Chargers won 11 of their next 12 games. Senior safety Rhaheim Ledbetter and his team persevered and made it all the way to the state championship game.
"The biggest complement I have ever given a player, I think is one I gave Rhaheim when I was talking to a college coach earlier this year, and that is there is no difference between him on June 1 than on Monday the week of the state championship," said Crest head coach Mark Barnes. "His approach to the game and his intensity on the practice field is always the same."
Although the four-star safety and his team were unable to win state title, there were a lot of positives to take away from the season.
"We had a great year and were able to play for a state championship," said Ledbetter. "That's a great season and I will never forget these guys. The guys on this team were like brothers to me."
What does he want people to remember about him?
"Intensity, a hard-nosed player, and guy who loved Crest" he said.
Ledbetter took his official to Florida a little over a month ago and really enjoyed the trip.
"I loved it, it was just great," he said. "I went with my family, the whole visit was great, and I can't wait to get down there next year."
Several things stuck out about the visit for the star safety.
"I enjoyed hanging with my boy Jonathan Bullard, being with my family, and meeting Coach Muschamp and all the staff at his house," he said.
Ledbetter will bring a lot to the Gators.
"Anytime you talk about Rhaheim, the first thing that comes to your mind is physical, he is just so physical." said Barnes. "They are getting a guy that is going to practice hard and be devoted to the team. He loves the game and is going to be relentless about his approach to the game. Physical will always be his biggest trait. He is relentless, has no fear, and is going to throw his body around."
On top of his team's success, Ledbetter enjoyed several individual accolades. He was voted Most Outstanding Offensive Player for Crest in the state championship game, selected to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, and was member of several all-state teams. Ledbetter has all the tools to be and outstanding college football player and I expect him to see the field early in Gainesville.