It was around this time last year that potential five-star quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) first heard from Oklahoma quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel.
Heupel invited Browne to OU’s summer camp, but because of a schedule conflict, Browne never made the trip.
That’s not the case this weekend as Browne will visit OU for the first time and plans to be on campus in Norman, Okla., Friday and Saturday before leaving Sunday.
“I want to see how I fit in with Norman and what Norman is all about,” Browne said. “OU definitely has my interest, and I want to see if it’s a place where I would want to live for the next four years.”
After the initial contact by Heupel, Browne didn’t hear from the Sooners until December. OU, however, never fell out of favor. Browne talks to Heupel on a regular basis now.
Despite the growing bond, being offered by OU on Feb. 3 was still a special moment for Browne.
“My high school coach had called me in and said OU wanted to talk to me,” Browne said. “I sort of knew what was coming, but it didn’t take away from the moment.”
Browne, 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, is considered as one of the best quarterback prospects in the 2013 class. He received his first offer from Washington as a freshman and knew immediately it was going to be a busy couple of years.
Things escalated for Browne when he led Sammamish Skyline to a state championship as a sophomore.
Browne doesn’t take unofficial visits lightly. OU will be the seventh campus he has seen, and he is starting to get the hang of everything.
“I feel like I’ve been in this process long enough to know when things feel right,” Browne said.
To go along with the football program, Browne said getting a feel for Oklahoma’s campus is important. The best advice he’s received is to go to the school where if he got hurt on the first day of freshman year, he would still enjoy going to class for four years.
The last couple of months have seen the interest increase even more for Browne as national powers like Auburn, Alabama and USC have joined the Sooners and numerous other schools in offering him.
He is expected to take it easy after the OU visit but still has plans on seeing Alabama next month.
“I don’t have any favorites yet. I’m still in the gathering information phase of everything,” Browne said.
Browne said he hopes to have his decision made before the end of his junior season, but he won’t rush the process.
He has visited West Coast schools such as Washington, USC, California and Stanford, but he is not afraid to travel and distance won’t be a factor in his decision.
“All of my brothers went to college out of state so I have no problem experiencing another part of the country,” Browne said.
Oklahoma could be his destination. The winning tradition at OU means a lot to Browne, but the quarterback tradition might mean even more.
“Ever since I’ve been alive, you look at the OU quarterback tradition, and it’s very impressive,” Browne said. “They win a lot of games and are always a national championship contender. They put up big numbers and win awards. There is a lot to like.”
Browne said he has no plans to attend any college camps this summer but does intend to participate in Nike and Elite 11 camps. And he understands what a special position he is in.
“These trips are a lot of fun,” Browne said. “Think about it. I get to leave high school early from a school in Sammamish, Washington, for the chance to visit the University of Oklahoma. Not a lot of kids can say that.”