There weren’t any answers to glaring questions that four-star quarterback Max Browne (Sammamish, Wash./Skyline) still needed, so his official visit to USC this weekend was more about reaffirming his status than anything else.
If Browne was rock solid to the Trojans before his weekend trip to Los Angeles, consider his commitment now to be strong as steel.
"Going into USC, you obviously know all about the tradition, but nothing has been hidden from me, which is something I appreciate,” Browne said. “The coaches didn't hide anything from me, so I knew everything I needed to know before coming down for the visit. This was definitely reassuring. It was my last step before enrolling in school. I got to experience USC football for three days and it was awesome.”
Browne has had himself quite the month. Last week, the No. 2-rated pocket passer capped an undefeated season with yet another state championship and set the state record for passing yards. He was named the Gatorade state player of the year and traveled to the East Coast immediately following his visit to USC on Sunday for a national player of the year award tour.
"Leaving a legacy -- that's what I was preaching in my head,” Browne said. “It was a fun four-year journey. We were 13-0 with a chance at going 14-0. It was an opportunity to go out the right way with a special class and a special group of guys. To go undefeated and end my high school career in that fashion was amazing."
Browne was hosted by freshman offensive lineman Max Tuerk during the weekend -- an arrangement that Browne was thankful for.
“I know we’ll have a great relationship when I get down there,” he said.
On Saturday night, the visitors were led onto the field of a dark and empty Memorial Coliseum.
"It was awesome,” said Browne, who earlier this season attended his first game at the Coliseum when the Trojans defeated Arizona State. “After we saw our jerseys in the locker room, we walked through the tunnel toward the field. It was pitch black, but we could see the torch lit. The glare from the scoreboard was enough to light the stadium a bit. Music was blaring on the speakers and they showed us a video on the board. It really got my blood boiling to be a USC Trojan. That was the last thing we did, so obviously it was great.”
Aside from the nighttime activity and seeing a jersey with his familiar No. 4 hanging in the locker room, Browne said building relationships with future teammates, coaches and fellow recruits made the weekend special.
“Getting to know the players I'll be playing with and getting to know the coaches a little more, it all reassured me that USC is the place for me,” Browne said. “I was already getting really excited and rock solid to USC, but this trip just made me even more excited to head down there in a month.”
Browne is scheduled play in the U.S. Army All-American game on Jan. 5 and will take his first course at USC on Jan. 14 to start the spring semester.