Going into his first trip to Oklahoma, junior quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) didn’t know what to expect.
Following his trip, there was one thing Browne had to admit: he was never bored. From the time he got to campus late Thursday night until the time he left on Sunday, Browne was always doing something.
Browne, 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, could be a five-star quarterback when the ESPNU 150 is released April 17. Regardless of whether that’s the case, the Sooners have made it clear that Browne is their No. 1 choice at quarterback for the 2013 class.
And after his visit, Browne wouldn’t say OU is his No. 1 choice, but the Sooners are definitely in the conversation.
“I wouldn’t say my opinion about OU changed on the visit,” Browne said. “What it really did was reaffirm what I was already thinking. It confirmed to me that OU is a great place to be. Everybody went out of their way to make me feel at home.”
Browne got to watch OU practice Friday and Saturday and said it was a valuable experience to see how quarterback Landry Jones does things.
He had only briefly met OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel in the past. Heupel began talking to Browne around this point last year and the conversations became more frequent in the winter. Last weekend was the first occasion Browne got to spend quality time with Heupel and OU coach Bob Stoops.
“You can tell they are really great coaches and great guys,” Browne said. “I had heard great things about Coach Stoops, and he was pretty much what everybody says he is. He definitely runs the show and has control of the program.”
The visit was so thorough that Browne said he couldn't think of any questions when Stoops wondered if Browne had any at the end of the visit. Some questions took care of themselves like whether or not Browne could fit in with the OU offense.
After watching film from last year of OU’s wins against Texas and Kansas State with the coaching staff, Browne knows he would be fine in Norman, Okla.
“When we were watching the film, it was funny seeing how similar our offense is in high school to what OU is doing,” Browne said. “The way Landry Jones was making reads and attacking the defense, it was very similar. And it helps that OU likes to pass the ball a lot, too.”
One thing that was different on his visit was the environment. Browne didn’t say it was a negative thing, but it was certainly a culture shock going from Washington to Oklahoma.
“Oklahoma is cool, and I’m glad I made the visit,” Browne said. “I learned a lot about the university and the team. It’s a college town where everything is centered around it. I could see myself being there.”
Browne said he was one of only a few recruits on hand Saturday. In-state linebackers T.J. Ponds (Wagoner, Okla./Wagoner) and Devin Rolan (McAlester, Okla./McAlester) were also there. The intimate environment helped Browne develop a stronger bond.
“I’ve experienced both worlds where I was one of like 150 kids at USC and at OU where I was one of the only kids,” Browne said. “Being one of the only kids, you definitely get that one-on-one connection. It’s fine, either way, and I had a great time getting to know everybody better this weekend.”
Browne has visited several schools over the past year. And although he hasn’t officially named a top five, it is expected at least three of those schools will be OU, USC and Alabama. He has offers from all three schools.
Browne saw USC last month at junior day and plans to see Alabama in April. However, for the rest of this month, Browne said he has nothing planned and will take it easy.