SDS has already looked at the top 25 players for 2012, and now with National Signing Day in the books, let’s look at the top newcomers in the SEC for 2013. Predicting the top newcomers is often very tough, and these aren’t just merely rankings of the top players. We’re going to look at what type of impact they’ll make and where they’ll make it.
No. 16 – Leon Brown, OL, Alabama
From: Brooklyn, NY
Size: 6-6, 310 pounds
The Skinny: The Crimson Tide signed a hawse of an offensive lineman in 6-6, 310-pound Leon Brown. Not only is Brown physically big enough to compete for a starting spot on Bama’s offensive line, but he may come already SEC-ready having played for ASA College in New York. Brown was one of the Tide’s top priorities in the entire class because of the loss of DJ Fluker and Chance Warmack. It’s unsure exactly which position Brown will play – either tackle or guard – but he has a chance to make an immediate impact next season. There is no arguing, however, that Brown has massive shoes to fill on one of the best offensive lines in the country in 2012.
What Alabama is getting: The Tide are getting a road grader. The first thing that jumps out at you on film about Brown is his excellent feet. For being on the north side of 300 pounds, Brown’s footwork will remind you of an athletic 275 pounder. The Tide’s running game and offensive line play the last several years have been unstoppable. A big reason is obviously mauling linemen who carry and hold blocks at the second level, and Brown fits that mold to a T. Brown has played left and right tackle, and he’s versatile enough to fill in for Warmack’s vacant guard position, which ultimately gives Nick Saban immediate versatility and depth at the position. Saban is very select when signing JUCO players, but Brown is certainly one to take a chance on. The early enrollee is set to make an impact this spring when practice opens.
Other impact newcomers:
- No. 17 Fred Ross, Mississippi State
- No. 18 Tray Matthews, Georgia
- No. 19 Jonathan Allen, Alabama
- No. 20 Ben Bradley, Auburn
- No. 21 Alex Anzalone, Florida
- No. 22 Carl Lawson, Auburn
- No. 23 Frank Herron, LSU
- No. 24 Larenz Bryant, South Carolina
- No. 25 Ryan Timmons, Kentucky
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