It’s not hard to see why USC jumped all over Skyline quarterback Max Browne. He’s the top ranked quarterback prospect in the country for a reason. The kid is 6’5″ 215 pounds and he’s just starting his senior year of high school. On top of his prototypical size, Browne is oozing with talent, and it looks like there’s plenty of room for him to get even better before he heads to USC, wrapping up his final year at Skyline.
I watched Max Browne play in person for the first time last Friday night. It was Skyline’s season opener against Bothell. Browne admitted to me after the game that he started slow, but his efforts were still enough to lead Skyline to a 33-21 win. Browne went 24-of-35 for 291 yards, with one touchdown and an interception. Browne did some damage on the ground as well, running 11 times for 25 yards and a touchdown.
I was most impressed with Browne when I interviewed him after the game. He was a nice, well spoken, and smart kid. When you add intelligence to Browne’s package of size and skill, it’s not hard to see why Browne is the No. 3 overall prospect in the country — and why USC is itching to get him into their program.
Max Browne has a lot to live up to this season, but it’s mostly his own fault after putting up gaudy numbers the last two years at Skyline. Browne went for 4,034 yards, 45 touchdowns and only seven interceptions last year, and that’s after throwing for 4,182 yards, 50 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a sophomore. His resume was more than enough for USC to throw a scholarship at Browne, who committed to the Trojans in April. According to Rivals.com, Browne also had offers from Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma and many other national powers.
The praise for Max Browne comes from everywhere. ESPN says Browne is ”one of the more complete passers in terms of measurables, arm strength and ability to make all the throws,” while Scout.com says “mechanically, you could do an instruction video on him as his ball placement, release, and drops are college level right now.” Aside from his foot speed (which is about the only knock on Browne), the compliments go on and on.
Here’s a video of Max Browne so you can judge for yourself:
You never know what’s going to happen (take former Skyline/BYU/current Kansas quarterback Jake Heaps for example), but it looks like Max Browne’s future is bright. With Matt Barkley finishing up his senior season at USC, the starting quarterback position is up for grabs next season. Who’s to say Browne can’t step in right away and guide the Trojans in 2013? It will be fun to see what the future holds.
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