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Emerging GA DE breaks down Ole Miss, Bama

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Prior to transferring to Tucker (Ga.) High over the summer, Class of 2015 defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter wasn't anywhere near the recruiting radar, let alone on it. But when the 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end stepped on the field in Tucker's third game of the year, schools around the Southeast quickly took notice.
Since then, Ledbetter has netted offers from Virginia, Duke, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech.
"It's been going good," Ledbetter said. "I've been picking up some offers and I've been going around taking some trips. I went to Alabama a few weeks ago and I'll probably go on a few more trips coming up."
While he said he's excited about all five of his offers, he admitted that two schools really moved the needle.
"I really got excited when Ole Miss offered me," Ledbetter said. "That was a big offer right there. The other big one was Vanderbilt. Right now Ole Miss and Vanderbilt would be my top two favorites out of the schools that offered me."
Ledbetter shared his thoughts on the Rebels and the Commodores, as well as his visit to Alabama for the LSU game.
Ole Miss: "I've always liked the school anyway. I haven't been down there yet, but I like the team and I like what they run defensively and how they play as a unit. They've been playing really good and they have a really good team."
Vanderbilt: "They beat Georgia earlier this year and they're a good team, too. I did go down there to campus. It's OK. I don't really like the campus a lot, but I would have to sacrifice because I could get a really good education there. They're in the SEC and that's means a lot. They have a big name and it would be nice to play for that kind of school."
Alabama: "Coach (Chris) Rumph came and talked to me a while ago, after my fifth game. He said he had seen my film and wanted me to come over. He's been talking to me a lot lately, telling me to just keep doing what I'm doing and not worry about an offer because I'm going to get one. He just needs to evaluate me more. The LSU game was the second time I've been down there. Of course it was crazy. I had fun and I actually stayed the night in town. The game atmosphere was crazy, too. When you have two teams like that going head-to-head it's bound to be a good game."
While Tucker recently advanced to the second round of the Georgia State Playoffs and has yet to lose a game this season, Ledbetter said he's still hoping to take at least one more visit.
"I probably want to take a trip down to Florida State," he said. "They've been sending a ton of mail. I'm going to go down there and catch a game. After that I don't know. I'll probably just chill because I've been going every weekend."
Woody Wommack is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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