KENNEDALE, Texas – Being first is never a bad thing in recruiting.
In Michigan’s case, they were the first school to play host to five-star senior linebacker Baron Browning for an official visit, as the Kennedale (Texas) standout was on hand when the Wolverines defeated Wisconsin 14-7 earlier this month.
“It was good, I mean that was my first time seeing them in person and stuff, it was good just to be back down there,” Browning said moments after leading Kennedale to an easy 63-0 win over Fort Worth (Texas) Diamond Hill-Jarvis. “Cause I felt like more so the first time I was getting shown more around and stuff. When I went down there the second go around with my mom, she got to saw everything I saw, what I told her about when I came back from the visit the first time. So they got to see everything, it was pretty cool you know.”
Adding: “I had good time at dinner with the coaches. I had a god time siting down with my position coaches and get to know them all better. And my mom had a chance to sit down with coach (Jim) Harbaugh and meet coach (Don) Brown and coach (Chris) Partridge.”
U-M’s game plan against Wisconsin showcased Brown’s heavy blitz scheme defense, a defense Browning said, he took a keen interest during the game.
“I like their blitz scheme,” he said of Brown’s defense. “I think it’s pretty cool. I think it’s one of the unique blitz schemes in college football today. I was pretty impressed with it. I just like the different stunts he has with it.”
And Brown told Browning which position he would play in Michigan’s defensive, obviously, if he chose the Wolverines.
“We was talking and he said I would likely play the SAM position, what Jabrill Peppers is playing,” he said. “That’s mainly where they see me fitting in their defense as far as rushing and covering.”
Now that he’s had a chance to soak in a Michigan home game, is Browning having positive vibes abut U-M?
“I guess more so the first time I was feeling it out, but the second time it was more so my mom feeling it out,” he said. “So, I had a good time, though.”
Another good aspect of Browning’s visit was his connection with Harbaugh and members of his staff that he brought from Stanford, who happened to be the same coaches that coached his brother, Barry, when he played for Harbaugh at Stanford from 2010-13.
“That’s good to have my brother to speak on his part, saying a lot of good things about Harbaugh,” he said. “One thing I noticed when I went out there, a lot coaches that were at Stanford (and) Harbaugh, are now at Michigan.”
Adding: “It’s a good feeling that my brother knows the people that if I went there people I would be around, I would be in good hands.”
So far, Michigan has been Browning’s lone official visit to date. At the moment, no official visits have been set, but he did day he’s still looking at Ohio State, Texas A&M, TCU and Texas, among others.
Browning plans to announce his commitment on Nov 29.
“Just far as developing me on and off (the field) as a young man to help better develop me down the road to be a father or whatever the case may be,” he said. “Somewhere were I can truly get settled with the alumni, the network, the jobs, the opportunity they setup for their players, internships, stuff like that. The last but not least, my position coach I got to feel in all my hear that he’s the coach for me, I got to have a great relationship with him. I really just want to get developed good technician, get coached up.”