He may be just going into his sophomore season in high school, but Kennedale, Texas, safety/linebacker Baron Browning has already proven his worth to some colleges.
Arkansas join that list on Thursday when Browning (6-1, 206, 4.59 ) shined at the Razorbacks' Elite Camp to go along with ones he had already earned from Baylor and Oklahoma State.
“I love it here,” Browning said. “I love the stadium, I love everything about it here. It's nice. It is up there now because it is SEC. It sits very high.”
“I feel like my footwork was where it needed to be,” Browning said. “I was on par with everything. My broad jump was a 9-8 ½, but it could have been better. At Oklahoma State, I jumped a 10-4.”
Browning is coming off a freshman season where he played high school football and accumulated 72 tackles despite not playing the first five games.
He was named the District 6-3A Newcomer of the year as his team finished 7-5.
“I sit out the first six games and came back and had 72 tackles in six games,” Browning said.
Browning said he learned several things from the Arkansas coaches on Thursday.
I learned how to make good tackles without getting shoulder stings, protecting yourself and just doing everything right and being coachable,” Browning said.
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...The other known offer handed out at camp was to Los Alamitos, Calif., punter Blake Johnson. He now has offers from Colorado, Oregon State, Duke and the Razorbacks. He is headed to camp at LSU on Saturday and plans to make a decision by the end of the month.
...Coffeyville, Kan., Community College sophomore wide receiver Dominique Reed (6-4, 180) took an unofficial visit during the day and liked what he saw. He noted that he was tempted to commit, but wanted to think about it a little more.
Reed, a former Camden Fairview star, did say that he would be back at Arkansas August 3-5 for his official visit.
...The Razorbacks got a great look at Greensboro tailback Reggie Gallaspy (6-0, 215) while Dallas, Texas, Bishop Lynch standout and Arlansas tailback commit Rawleigh Williams brought his mom up for an unofficial visit.
...Arkansas also hosted Dallas Skyline safety Kylan Johnson on Thursday for an unofficial visit after offering him earlier this week.
...The Razorbacks got a good look at TCU defensive line commit Joseph Broadnax (5-11, 300) from Dallas, Texas, Bryan Adams. He was scheduled to talk to the coaches after camp and said he would be back for an official visit if offered.
...One player who might end up getting an offer out of the camp is Coppell, Texas, tight end-linebacker Scott Huntsman (6-4, 220), who already has an offer from Purdue.
...Spiro's McKinley Whitfield – who has some 15 scholarship offers – participated in the camp and was very impressive. Whitfield – who the Razorbacks are recruiting as a safety- said that an offer from Arkansas would be “a game changer for him” and that he would think long and hard about committing right away.
...Hope junior defensive tackle McTelvin Agim and Smackover wide receiver Jordan Jones – a Arkansas 2016 pledge – both were at the camp looking on, but did not participate.
• Fort Smith Northside was well represented at the camp with Arkansas 2015 defensive line commit Daytrieon Dean, senior tailback Justin Curry, junior middle linebacker Deontre Hartwick and junior cornerback Kiondre Thomas.
...Little Rock Catholic's Luc Bequette (6-3, 290) spent most of his time in camp working on the offensive line as Arkansas takes a look at him there. He has six offers and is hoping to become the fifth Bequette in his family to play for the Razorbacks.
...Highland safety/linebacker Avery Johnson worked at both spots in camp and remains hopeful of getting an Arkansas offer.
...One of the best-looking quarterbacks on hand was Conway junior Breylin Smith. He has an offer from UCA and interest from Arkansas and Wake Forest among others. He is a teammate of Arkansas 2015 offensive line pledge Colton Jackson.
...A couple of cornerbacks who stood out were Shreveport, La., Calvary Baptist's Chanse Sylvie and Frisco, Texas, Centennial's Raliegh Texada, whose brother Ranthony was recruited to TCU by current Arkansas safety coach Clay Jennings.
...Two 2016 Louisiana prospects - Covington quarterback Kenny Sears and Patterson safety Nehemiah Augustus both shined in drills.
...Former Arkansas basketball player Allie Freeman's son – Allie IV – was on hand for the camp. He was a standout sophomore receiver for Episcopal High school this season and also plays basketball.
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