(High school footage of Brown)
For now, Alabama’s offensive line is stacked. But a year from now? Well, there will be holes.
With three starters likely entering their final year of eligibility, Alabama will need help right away. That’s where Leon Brown fits in.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pound junior college tackle committed to the Crimson Tide on Sunday, the recruiting services reported. Entering his second year at Asa College in Brooklyn, N.Y., Brown could be expected to fill in quickly upon arrival in Tuscaloosa with right tackle D.J. Fluker projected to be a first-round draft pick in 2013.
Alabama coach Nick Saban typically only recruits junior college players who are expected to contribute immediately. Tackle James Carpenter worked straight into the starting lineup after two JUCO seasons in 2009. He was drafted in the first round two years later by the Seattle Seahawks.
Coming out of Parkdale (Md.) High School, Rivals.com listed his only scholarship offers came from Marshall and New Mexico. Brown was not listed on the rankings for junior college prospects for the 2013 recruiting class by the major services.
Brown is the 17th player to publically commit to Alabama’s Class of 2013. Verbal pledges are non-binding before scholarship papers can be signed in February.
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