Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ANDREW BONE: Alabama Loses Two Commitments

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

ANDREW BONE: Alabama Loses Two Commitments

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The University of Alabama had an interesting weekend in losing two commitments who decided to flip to other SEC schools. updated its recruiting rankings, and a Crimson Tide commitment earned a fifth star. The Alabama coaches also hosted a few elite prospects for last weekend's scrimmage.

Jonathan Ledbetter, a Rivals100 defensive end from Tucker High School in Atlanta, flipped his commitment to Georgia. Benito Jones, a 2016 Rivals100 defensive tackle from Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, Miss., flipped to Ole Miss.

"It was a lot of pressure on Jonathan to feel like people are having conversations about him, and he's not always involved in them," Ledbetter's mom, Teresa Belcher, informed

"We make the decisions that are best for us, and sometimes you let people know, sometimes you don't. I think it's good he decided that this is what he's going to do, because when you're committed, you're committed. I don't think there's an opportunity to change that. So you're either committed or you're not. I know that his decision to go to Alabama was one he made at the spur of the moment, but he hadn't considered all things. It was the hoopla of it all."

Ledbetter's older brother, Joseph, recently signed a football scholarship with Georgia. He has played D-II basketball for the past two years.

"I know they've talked about it a lot, and they were very intrigued by the idea of playing football together. It's something they've always wanted to do. Even when they were on AAU teams for basketball, they always enjoyed the competition against each other and playing with each other. They had most of those conversations without me."

Jones cited the reason for flipping to the Rebels was the ability to play in-state. Alabama will continue recruiting him, and his family are all Alabama fans. Tuscaloosa is also two hours closer to Waynesboro than Oxford, Miss.

The Rivals100 was updated Monday. It comes as no surprise Alabama remains king of the rankings. The Crimson Tide has nine commitments on the list including a staggering six in the top 37.

Alabama has three five-star commitments: Calvin Ridley, wide receiver from Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Fla. …

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