Top Quarterback Recruit Max Browne Chooses USC

By Jay Beck

There’s a long way to go in college football recruiting for the class of 2013 with signing day still nearly 10 month away.  With that in mind, landing a couple big fish early in the process certainly isn’t a bad thing and Sammamish, Washington quarterback Max Browne certainly falls into the big fish category.

Browne is the top-ranked quarterback recruit in the country by both Rivals and Scout who announced on Wednesday night that he’s headed to USC choosing the Trojans over a host of other suitors.

Browne also had visited Oklahoma and held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Washington, and Wisconsin among others.

Browne made his decision after spending three days on USC’s campus over the weekend.  While it’s obvious the visit went well, it’s hard not think the possibility of playing time factored heavily into his decision. Current USC quarterback, Matt Barkely, is one of the frontrunners for the 2012 Heisman trophy and also happens to be senior.

USC didn’t sign a quarterback recruit in their 2012 class and while backups Max Wittek and Cody Kessler will provide competition for the starting spot in 2013, Browne should be able to push hard for playing time as a true freshman.  Browne plans to graduate from high school early and enroll at USC in January meaning he’ll be able to participate in spring football before the competition for the starting job really heats up in the fall of ’13.

As for the other teams that lost out, well, it’ probably time to start looking at other places.  For the Sooners, they will now likely start to focus on a couple prospects closer to home, Tahlequah, Oklahoma quarterback Brayden Scott and Colleyville, Texas recruit Cody Thomas.  Neither have offers at the moment, but that could change now the Browne has made up his mind.

“I knew this was the place,” Browne said following his decision. “My visit to Oklahoma was very good. I enjoyed all the places but Oklahoma tugged me in some ways. I liked them a lot and I really contemplated committing there but SC was the right place for me and I couldn’t be more excited.

Of course, this is college football recruiting so I wouldn’t expect Oklahoma or any of the other schools to stop recruiting him.  But for the time being, Lane Kiffin looks to have found the next potential star quarterback in a long line of outstanding Trojan signal callers.

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