Most high schools have at least taken part in a jamboree or preseason game to this point. For the ASA Institute, a junior college in New York, the season gets under way Wednesday with a scrimmage against C.W. Post-Long Island University.
Leon Brown, for one, can’t wait. The University of Alabama offensive line commitment wants to go up against somebody other than his own teammates.
“I’m very excited,” Brown said. “I’ve just been going against my defensive line. I think my defensive line is the best in our conference, so I’m excited to go against somebody else.”
Over the summer, Brown has been working hard on his upper-body strength as he prepares for this season and his future with the Crimson Tide. The mammoth lineman is still 6-foot-6 and right around 308 pounds.
“I’ve just been mostly working out with the team, getting stronger and getting better at my position,” Brown said. "I’ve had to get a lot stronger in my upper body. That’s basically what I’ve been working on, staying low, working on my technique and getting stronger.”
The junior college prospect committed to Alabama in June, but he’s still never been to Tuscaloosa. However, he’s stayed in close contact this summer with UA offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.
“I basically called him and talked about how my season was going, and he’s always telling me what I need to work on,” Brown said. “I asked him about his season, and he says he’s excited about his season coming up soon.”
The plan is for Brown to enroll early at Alabama and compete for a starting spot on the Tide’s offensive line next year, most likely at right tackle.
“I’m definitely going to try to come in and start my first year, my junior year of college,” he said. “If I have to work for my position, then I’m going to work for it.”
As excited as Brown is to play his first game, he’s just as excited for Alabama to open the season on Saturday against Michigan. Although he believes it will be a good game, the UA commitment knows who he thinks will come out on top.
“I think Alabama is going to take that one,” he said.