Indications are that the IU staff wants one more offensive lineman in its 2006 recruiting class. Could 6-4, 328-pound Bryant Browning be that guy?
Time will tell, but Scout.com's 60th-ranked offensive lineman nationally will be making an official visit to Bloomington Jan. 20. It will the last of five official stops that have also included visits to Ohio State (Dec. 10), Michigan State (Dec. 17), Northwestern (Jan. 6) and Tennessee (Jan. 13).
Indiana's interest in Browning dates back to last summer, when the standout from Cleveland's Glenville H.S. participated in IU's summer camp. By the time camp was over Indiana Coach Terry Hoeppner was ready to offer Browning a scholarship, and he's been in close contact with the Hoosier coaching staff ever since.
"When I was at the coach I got to meet the offensive line coach (Bobby Johnson) and the head coach, and I guess they really liked me," said Browning, a four-year starter and first-team All-District choice as a senior. "Getting a chance to meet the offensive line coach was important. He seems like a good coach."
Browning – who is being recruited by Indiana to play offensive tackle - said he was also impressed by the other IU coaches that he met, along with the fact Indiana's business school has a strong reputation.
That said, Indiana is up against some stiff competition with his Browning's other five finalists. But he said that all five programs are on equal footing right now.
"I've been able to talk to each coach, and each school has its good and bad, and I've narrowed me schools down to the ones that I think would probably fit me the best," said Browning. "Really everyone is even right now. I want to get a chance to look at the good and the bad of each school and then make my choice."
While Indiana might not have the tradition of an Ohio State or Tennessee, Browning said the IU staff has done a good job of pitching the academic part of the equation, along with their vision for the future of the football program.
"They've talked about how they are building up their program, and even though they've had a couple of bad seasons, they are working toward being better," said Browning. "They also talk a lot about the academics, and how I'll be able to get a really good degree."
Browning is also putting a lot of stock in how his official visits go.
"I want to get to the schools and meet the players and get a chance to meet more coaches and get a feel for how they run their football program on a day to day basis, and then I'll probably pick the one where I feel I'd fit in the best," said Browning.
Browning helped lead Glenville H.S. to a 12-1 record this past fall, eventually losing in the regional final. A traditional Division I Ohio powerhouse, Glenville is coached by Ted Ginn, Sr., (father of current OSU wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr.) and also featured IU recruiting target Ray Fisher on its 2005 roster.
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