The Oklahoma fan base was disappointed when quarterback Tyrone Swoopes (Whitewright, Texas/Whitewright) chose Texas over the Sooners last week. However, it wasn’t as bad as one might think because OU is still in the running for its No. 1 target in Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline).
The Sooners hosted their first junior day Feb. 4 and welcomed Swoopes and quarterback Brayden Scott (Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah) back to campus. However, a day earlier, OU already had extended its first quarterback offer to Browne.
Browne, 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, has picked up offers from OU, USC, Auburn and Alabama in the last month to go with the numerous offers he already had.
Projected to be the top pro-style quarterback for the 2013 class, Browne did a radio interview with Sports Talk 1400, KREF in Norman, Okla., on Tuesday.
Browne remained adamant that he doesn’t have a list of favorites and is soaking everything all in. But he did give some good news to OU fans.
“I’m very excited about [the Sooners],” Browne said. “Coach [Josh] Heupel and I have a good relationship. We talk once a week. I’m hoping to come down in March to watch spring practices.”
Browne said there are a few factors he is looking into when trying to decide on a school to attend. He said he needs to have a great relationship with the coaches, especially the offensive coaches. And he said he wants to run an offense that fits his skill set,, preferably a pro-style or spread offense.
And he said the best advice he has been given is to go to a college that if he got hurt on day one, that he would still enjoy going to class every single day.
One priority not on that list? Distance.
“It’s not a huge factor. I don’t need to stay close to home,” Browne said. “Washington offered me first, but it’s not a big deal. Like I said, I’m still gathering info, and I’m willing to go wherever.”
Browne said though he won’t list his current favorites, OU is near the top and will remain in the conversation until the end. Besides OU, Browne said he would like to visit Alabama in the spring. In the last year, he has made unofficial visits to USC, Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, California, Stanford, Oregon State and Washington.