The Tide is on a roll

The University of Alabama has picked up the third commitment of the week. This one comes from the JuCo ranks of a player who will graduate in December. He talked with Andrew Bone about the decision.


Leon Brown, left tackle prospect from ASA in New York, committed to Alabama this weekend.

"I talked to coach Saban and told him I was ready to commit," said Brown. "Coach Saban was happy for me. He told me that he was excited.

"I was supposed to go down there for a visit this week, but wasn't able to make it. I haven't been able to get down there yet. I am happy to have my decision behind me. It feels good to be committed to where I want to go."

Brown discussed more of why he committed to the 2011 BCS National Champions.

"I felt like Alabama was the best place to help me develop my skills as a player," he said. "I just feel like Alabama gives me the best opportunity to develop my skills and help reach my potential.

"I like the history of the program. I like the coaching staff a lot. I have talked to coach Stoutland a lot. I believe he is a good coach. I like him a lot off the field. I know he is a good coach on the field.

The Tide coaches had told the 6-foot-6, 300-pound lineman, "They like the way I move and how I play the game."

Brown struggled in the classroom at Parkdale High School in Maryland and the reason he took the junior college route. New Mexico and Marshall were the only scholarship offers at the time.

Brown was a starter as a freshman at ASA.

"I started every game there and that's where I'll be this fall," Brown said in a previous interview in May. "This year I'm working on everything, just refining what I have to do to be successful -- technique, footwork, film study."

Brown will graduate at the end of this year and will have three years to play two following the 2012 football season.

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