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Georgia flips Alabama commit, will join brother in Athens

Jonathan Ledbetter

When Joseph Ledbetter signed to play football for the Georgia Bulldogs three weeks ago, his decision supposedly had no bearing over where his younger brother, Jonathan Ledbetter, a four-star recruit, would eventually attend.

Their mother, Teresa Belcher, even said as much.

“(Jonathan) is very excited for his brother,” Belcher told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But I really don’t think it’s going to influence his college decision on way or the other.”

The younger Ledbetter originally committed to Alabama in January. Nearly seven months later, Jonathan Ledbetter announced he’ll be a member of the Georgia Bulldogs in 2015.

The fact is Joseph Ledbetter’s commitment to the Bulldogs was the tipping point for his brother to join him.

“I’ve wanted to do this for awhile,” Jonathan Ledbetter told’s Dean Legge. “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.”

It’s only an hour trip from the Ledbetters’ home in Tucker, Georgia to Athens. Family and familiarity were enough for the Bulldogs to pull one over on the Crimson Tide.

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9 Responses to “Georgia flips Alabama commit, will join brother in Athens”
  1. bigdinla says: Aug 16, 2014 10:06 PM

    Translation: they have my brother a scholarship so I had to go there.

  2. brtndr4u says: Aug 16, 2014 10:19 PM

    expected by recruiting staff @ Bama,they will lose a couple of more,but still be top 3 when said and done.

  3. jucam1 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:35 PM


  4. 700levelvet says: Aug 17, 2014 4:47 AM

    Maybe he went for the academic curriculum… Oh wait

  5. Kevin S. says: Aug 17, 2014 6:10 AM

    @700levelvet – I have no idea if academics played into his decision at all, but Georgia is certainly a better education than Alabama.

  6. dhardy8207 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:45 AM

    BAMA is stacked on defense and I can see the appeal to want to play with his brother, how many brothers get the opportunity to do that. Peyton Manning has said that the one thing he looked forward to was playing on the collegiate level with his older brother Cooper. Unfortunately a congenital medical condition ended the older Manning brother’s career. Its a long time until NSD and plenty of time for him to think on it some more…

    Anyhoo, I wish them the best of luck, I know their mom has to be really proud…

  7. ocon171 says: Aug 17, 2014 10:02 AM

    Anyone who followed his recruiting would know that most people thought he was going to flip even before his brother went to UGA. Also I believe Bama tried to get his brother and also offered a free scholarship to his former teammate Shaw who was a DT and couldn’t play football anymore to get Ledbetter.

  8. rolltide510 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:31 AM

    “Georgia is certainly a better education than Alabama.”

    ^ Grads of real academic institutions must really get a kick out of comments like this.

  9. birdcen says: Aug 17, 2014 5:52 PM

    If you have a pulse you can get into Alabama. Terrible institution. Oh wait.

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