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.
— Big Led (@LedbetterDE15) August 17, 2014
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 Scout.com’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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