ASA College in Brooklyn, New York, has a fairly new football program. But for players from the east coast, like Alabama commit Leon Brown, it provided a closer route to play college football while working on off-the-field issues in order to play big-time football down the road.
That road ended for Brown on Saturday, as the ASA Avengers lost to Snow College (Ephraim, Utah) in the inaugural Carrier Dome Bowl in Syracuse, New York.
"Everything was great, season was good," said Brown. "We just didn't finish the season well. I'm proud of my fellas, I'm proud of my boys. We've been through a lot since I been at ASA."
But even as soon as the game ended on Saturday, as he anticipated watching Alabama in the SEC Championship, the 6-foot-6, 308-pounder was already thinking of the next step.
"Probably tomorrow, I'm going to hit the weight room and get stronger for the SEC," he admitted.
Still, the massive tackle has learned a lot from his two seasons at ASA.
"Coming out of high school, I was really a pass-blocker. That's what I was recruited for," said Brown. "Coming to ASA, all we do is run the ball with power, all day. They got my run abilities up.
"I really praise my O-Line coach, Coach [John] Bolt."
But it wasn't just football that improved while he was at the junior college.
"I was always a D1 prospect, so this was a setback," he said of his time at ASA. "But I'm looking forward to the next level to pursue my dream."
Brown will have three seasons to play two at Alabama.
Check out Brown's highlights from his final game below:
Scout.com's Mike McAllister contributed to this report