“I’m not, I was originally planning to,” Browne said. “I originally planned to. I changed--I was supposed to be there today, but I canceled it and I’m going to wait until March and come and see the guys during spring ball.”
As that comment indicates, the cancellation is less negative than it may seem at the outset.
“Yeah, it wasn’t anything against Oklahoma or anything,” Browne said. “It was just, you know, it made more economical sense for me and my family to kinda instead of going now and later, just kind of head down in March and see them during spring ball, see the team in action.”
In fact, seeing the team in action would, no doubt, already give him an indication of how he might fit in with the team and the program.
Taking a visit while the Sooners aren’t in spring ball would allow him the opportunity to meet the coaches and guys, but offer less of a chance to see how they coach the players up and operate on the field.
Speaking of coaches, Browne said his rapport with quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel could not be going better.
“Yeah, nothing but good things,” Browne said. “They’re really excited about me. He came out to my school one time and was able to talk about college and show up at my basketball game. So, I mean, my relationship with me and coach--it was a couple months ago, but it’s going well and I definitely like him as a coach for sure.”
Heupel, of course, helped produce Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford as part of the 2008 team that went to the national championship.
And he’s helped mold current quarterback Landry Jones into one of the best in the college game right now.
Because of that, even though the 6-foot-5, 196-pound slinger from Skyline HS in Sammamish, Wash. has never set foot on Sooner soil, he’s extremely interested in what the Crimson and Cream has to offer.
“I mean, I’ve never been to Oklahoma so I don’t know a whole lot about the town,” Browne said. “But the players, it’s hard to ignore, Sam Bradford and the Jason White’s and Landry Jones, and I guess Coach Heupel was a good quarterback himself. So, it’s hard to ignore that, the QB tradition there. But, I mean, as I said, Oklahoma football, they play great football down there and, I mean, they’re playing for the national championship year in and year out. That is definitely something that is attractive and something that a high school football recruit would want to be a part of.”
Because he’s a four-star and such a prized prospect, though, the Sooners aren’t even close to the only big time program that has legitimate hopes of landing him.
Browne also hails offers from national powerhouses like Alabama and USC, as well as schools such as Arizona State, Auburn, California, Clemson, Colorado, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
That gives him plenty of places to choose from.
“Yeah, a lot of the schools are a big name that are coming after me and I’m interested in,” Browne said. “But each school has their own deal that they offer, whatever that may be. It’s just nice checking out these schools and seeing what they have to offer, and each school is unique, but each school is going after one goal and that’s the national title and that’s definitely something that I want to be a part of.”
As he’s said before, Browne prefers a school that affords him the opportunity to play in the spread and pro style system.
Outside of that, however, he’s open to most anything.
Distance from his home town, a very potential negative for OU, will not be a factor, he said.
“Yeah, I mean, it’s not...not a whole lot,” Browne said. “I’m being completely honest. Obviously, like you said, there’s pluses to staying home, close to family and friends and high school coaches and all that stuff. That’s a cool feel, but I’m just looking for the best fit for me whether that’s Oklahoma or Alabama or Washington, doesn’t matter to me.”
After visiting OU in March, he will head to Alabama for another visit.
Browne visited USC’s Junior Days last week, but has no more on the docket at the current time.
And as for a decision, he said it’ll be sooner rather than later.
“Yeah, I’d say probably if the best scenario happened, probably before my junior year ends just so I can focus on school and all the high school football stuff,” Browne said. “But probably before my junior year ends, so whether that’s spring or if it rolls into summer, that’s probably the ideal situation, but definitely before my senior year.”
Stay tuned to Sooners Illustrated for the latest on his recruitment and OU potentially landing him.
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