LOS ANGLES, Calif. — USC head coach Lane Kiffin may have had a slew of situations to worry about over the last ten months, but it’s safe to say the commitment of the nation’s No. 1 quarterback in the 2013 recruiting class wasn’t one of them.
Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne announced his verbal pledge to USC on April 4 and never wavered on his decision. Browne chose the Trojans over the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma, and his hometown Washington amongst others.
“I came to Skyline to continue the legacy of great quarterbacks and do the same at USC,” Browne said at his commitment ceremony in April. “USC is the best combination of football and academics in the country.”
Since committing last spring, the Scout.com five-star recruit led Skyline High School to its second consecutive Washington State Championship and a perfect 14-0 season. He became the state’s all-time leader in passing yards (12,953) and completions (882). Browne’s performance his senior year earned him the prestigious Gatorade State Player of the Year before being named the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
“It was sweet,” he told FOX Sports NEXT about winning the national award. “For awhile it seemed like a goal so far off in the distance, but it’s the type of award I couldn’t have done without a lot of games, a lot of plays, and without my great teammates.”
Needless to say, Kiffin is getting everything a coach could hope for when signing a program’s future quarterback.
The 6-foot-5 215 pound Browne arrived on campus at USC on Jan. 10 as an early enrollee. With the departure of senior quarterback Matt Barkley, Browne is expected to compete for the job right away against redshirt sophomores Max Wittek and Cody Kessler.
Brandon Huffman on Max Browne:
He’s got the best downfield arm in this class and is one of the most accurate passers we’ve seen in the last few years. He’s got the intangibles you want in a quarterback and he wins, plain and simple. He’s not the most mobile quarterback and isn’t that great of an athlete. He’ll need to get quicker and faster for the times he’s flushed out of the pocket.