Wednesday night, quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) announced his commitment to the USC Trojans in a small ceremony at his high school. Browne said he didn't want to make too big a deal out of the ceremony, only inviting friends and family, but he also realized it was an important step in his life.
"I know that I'm going to play college football now," Browne said. "I can't wait to join the Trojan family."
It was an interesting recruiting process for Browne. It began just after his freshman year, but USC didn't enter the picture until Feb. 1, which meant the Trojans earned a commitment from the star quarterback with just more than two months of work.
"They were not in the picture at all," Browne said. "But the relationship I built with Coach [Clay] Helton and Coach [Lane] Kiffin was great. Quarterbacks are very attracted to that school and I'm glad they pulled the trigger on me. It's an exciting time for me and the USC family, and I can't wait to get down there."
Browne's recent trip to Los Angeles sealed the deal for the Trojans, as he said he was able to experience what life would be like as a member of the football program and school.
"I got to see what USC football was all about," Browne said. "I'm very glad I made the trip down there and I can't wait to call that my home for my college career."
Though Browne has an older brother who lives in the Los Angeles area, he said that didn't come into play during the recruiting process. He said his entire family would have supported any decision he made. He added, though, that he thinks it will be nice being able to occasionally take advantage of a home away from home.
In the end, it came down to what Browne felt was best for himself.
"The combination of education they offer and the high level of football they play was something I couldn't pass up," he said. "Coach Kiffin and staff have something going on there. They are going to compete for the national championship this year and I think they'll be competing for national championships for years to come."