On junior college National Signing Day, the Alabama Crimson Tide announced they have signed four-star offensive tackle Leon Brown from ASA College in Brooklyn, New York.
The 6-foot-6 315 pound Brown will enroll at Alabama in January and likely compete for the starting right tackle job as D.J. Fluker intends to declare early for the NFL Draft. Nick Saban doesn’t bring in junior college players unless he expects them to contribute immediately, so don’t expect anything different with Brown coming in.
Participating in spring practice will give Brown the opportunity to seriously push for playing time immediately.
The last JUCO offensive lineman brought in by Nick Saban and company was James Carpenter in 2009, who became a two-year starter for Alabama at left tackle, and was selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Brown committed to Alabama back in June before the start of the season, and also held offers from Kansas and Ole Miss. He went the JUCO route out of high school after not receiving much interest from major college programs. He had offers from only New Mexico and Marshall despite his excellent size.
He played junior college football in Brooklyn, but he is originally from Riverdale, Maryland. At ASA, Brown was a second-team All-Northeast football conference selection this past season. He is considered a four star prospect by ESPN, 247, and Scout, with Scout ranking him as the 2nd best JUCO offensive tackle in the country.
Brown is a bit of a project, but as mentioned above, Saban doesn’t bring on JUCO guys unless he feels they can contribute immediately. In the very least, Brown figures to provide much needed depth on the offensive line for a unit that is likely losing three starters after this season.
UPDATE: Here’s YouTube highlights of Leon Brown.
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