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Top-rated QB to pick between Trojans, Sooners, others Wed.

Max Browne, Austin Owen, Cody Eldridge AP

Nearly 10 months out from National Signing Day, the nation’s top quarterback in the Class of 2013 is nearly ready to make a decision on where he will send his football talents.

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline High School product Max Browne is rated as a five-star player by 24/7Sport.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com, and is the top QB — pro-style or dual-threat — according to all three services.  Suffice to say, Browne carries scholarship offers from most of the major Div. 1-A football programs, but has his to-do list whittled down publicly to a final four — Alabama, Oklahoma, USC and home-state Washington.

Browne confirmed Monday to the Seattle Times that, on Wednesday, he will give a verbal commitment to one of those four schools.  The 6-5, 202-pounder told the Times that he’s just ready to make a decision and move on so that he can begin concentrating on his senior season in high school.

“It was getting hectic and to the point where I knew I’d seen enough,” Browne, who will announce his decision tomorrow evening following a workout with his teammates, said. “”I got my first scholarship offer a couple days after my freshman year in high school, so I’ve been in the process long enough. I’ve been fortunate economically with my parents to go around the country and visit places that had interest in me and I had interest in them.

“As more and more offers came in, I was able to evaluate schools, talk to a bunch of coaches and meet some great ones but, at this point, I’ve seen enough. It’s time to pull the trigger so I can move on to Skyline football and winning another state title.”

Browne’s two most recent visits have been to the Sooners (earlier in March) and the Trojans (this past weekend), leading Rivals to write that those  two schools “are believed to be the finalists“.  Presumably, “finalists” in this case refers to “front-runners”.

The trip to USC was his second, having visited the Trojans during Junior Day.  He also has a brother who lives in Southern California, although Browne stated that will not be a factor in his decision.

Browne was expected to take an official visit to the Tide, although that didn’t happen and, based on the timing of his scheduled announcement, won’t happen.

In the past two seasons, Browne has thrown for more than 8,200 yards and 95 touchdowns against just 20 interceptions in 840 pass attempts.  247Sports has him rated as the No. 5 player at any position in the country, while Rivals has him at No. 8.

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10 Responses to “Top-rated QB to pick between Trojans, Sooners, others Wed.”
  1. mydixienormus says: Apr 3, 2012 9:45 AM

    Best of luck to this kid.

    No way he picks Washington as they are too loaded with young QB’s right now (they just signed 2 great ones). Although I hope he does.

    Just hope he doesn’t pick USC…

  2. thekatman says: Apr 3, 2012 11:32 AM

    The USC Trojan family would welcome Max in a heartbeat. Come on down to SoCal young man.

  3. sprizzle2182 says: Apr 3, 2012 12:39 PM

    hopefully him not taking a trip to Tuscaloosa is bc he didnt need to and not bc he didnt want to…he has a great relationships with coach Nuss, not sure if it will be enough, but would love to have him on board for this years signing class…best of luck to him!!!

  4. bmceh says: Apr 3, 2012 12:45 PM

    Would love to see Max stay home & pick UW and w/o a doubt Sarkisian is the best QB coach. With Keith Price, Jeff Lindquist, and Cyler Miles, UW is absolutely stacked.
    Sadly, it looks like Kiffin will be getting an absolute stud to replace Barkley.

  5. ftwsooner says: Apr 3, 2012 3:41 PM

    Let’s see under Bob Stoops two QB’s have won the Heisman, and another was runner up.

  6. thekatman says: Apr 3, 2012 4:17 PM

    Lets see…. In the past 10 years USC has produced 3 Heisman Trophy winners, with another one on the way this December in Matt Barkley. That would make for 3 HT QB’s.

    If Max Browne picks USC, he will have to compete for playing time against 3 top notch QBs that are already vying for the BU role this season, to support Barks. If Max comes to SC, one of the current QB’s will most likely transfer. In any case, if you want to be the best at what you do, you must compete against the best. This is what makes The Program so successful. And with the schollie sanctions, Kiffin has set precedence that he has no problem starting Freshman players, if they’re good enough and win the job.

  7. burntorangehorn says: Apr 3, 2012 8:22 PM

    thekatman says:
    Apr 3, 2012 4:17 PM
    Lets see…. In the past 10 years USC has produced 3 Heisman Trophy winners, with another one on the way this December in Matt Barkley. That would make for 3 HT QB’s
    ===================================
    USC doesn’t exactly dwarf OU in this respect, and I despise OU as much as anyone. Also, Matt Barkley hasn’t won a Heisman, so it’s no more sensible to count him as a winner for 2012 than it would’ve been to count Landry Jones for 2011…or 2012. Below are the numbers from the past decade, which you chose (2002-2011).

    Heisman Trophy holders
    OU: 2 (White 2003, Bradford 2008)
    USC: 2 (Palmer 2002, Leinart 2004)

    Heisman top-threes
    OU: 4 (White 2003, White 2004, Peterson 2004, Bradford 2008)
    USC: 3 (Palmer 2002, Leinart 2004, Leinart 2005)

    If you go back to 2000, current Oklahoma co-OC and QB coach Josh Heupel was a Heisman runner-up that year. And even if you were to count Bush for 2005, which he does not, he was still a RB, and the QB Heisman holders and top-three finishers would be even for 2002-2011, and still in OU’s favor from 2000-present.

    Furthermore, OU has the same head coach and RB coach (Gundy) they’ve had since 1999, and the same QB coach (Heupel, who was also a grad. asst. coach for White in 2004), WR coach (Norvell, also co-OC), and OL coach (Patton) they had when Bradford won the Heisman.

    Quick, name the offensive coaches on Kiffin’s current staff who were there the last time a Trojan finished in the top three in the Heisman voting. Sarkisian, on the other hand, is at UW, while Bates (who kept Sark’s seat warm for a year) is in the NFL, so no one who has coached a USC QB to a top-five Heisman finish is on staff except for Kiffin himself. To be fair, Polamalu coached RBs while Palmer was making his run, and had great success with guys like McCullough, Fargas, and White.

    Anyway, I’m not saying this should influence the kid’s decision, but if you’re comparing Heisman finishes, it’d be silly to dismiss OU while touting USC. In all honesty, Sark looks like the best bet for someone who wants to win the Heisman, to be honest, given his great job with Palmer, Leinart, Booty, Sanchez, and to some extent, maybe Locker too.

  8. distinguisheddago says: Apr 3, 2012 8:55 PM

    If the young man is looking closely at who would have “hands on” time with him, OU is the only University in the “running” which has a HT runnerup serving as a QB coach and offensive co-coordinator (i.e Heupel.)

    Additionally, the lad’s high school runs a very close version of OU’s offense, which would give him an opportunity for quicker playing time.

    Pezzi

  9. bigdinla says: Apr 4, 2012 11:01 AM

    Well hopefully his relationship with Coach Nuss will bring to down to Tuscaloosa! He could come down here and set all kinds of records. Or he can go be “another” USC and OU Qb.

  10. thekatman says: Apr 4, 2012 11:41 AM

    The Oklahoma fan is delusional.
    THE USC has 3 Heisman’s, though yes one was taken away, but the fact is, Reggie Bush won the Heisman, and also, that year Matt Leinart came in 2nd, another Top 3.
    Kiffin was the QB coach during the Reign of Carroll years until he left for the NFL. Kiffin was also in charge of Recruitment.

    BTW: Outside of the SEC, the only USC people know about is The University of Southern California, not Carolina. The difference is USC vs USCe, or baby USC.

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