DB Cortland Browning 6'1" 200 4.48 Tyler (TX) Lee
Browning played CB for Coach Randy Huffstickler at Robert E. Lee High, in Tyler, Texas, where he was a two-time 1st-Team All-District selection. Browning recorded 56 tackles and 1 interception as a senior, despite the fact that opponents mostly stayed away from his side of the field. As a junior, he had 50 tackles and 2 interceptions, 1 of which he returned for a TD. Following his junior season, Browning was named All-East Texas in Class 5A.
Browning, who reports a 38" vertical jump, plays basketball, and was also a sprinter and long jumper for his school's track team, where he has posted a 21 foot long jump, and was a regional quarter-finalist as part of a 4x400 relay team.
Browning, who said that listening to music and playing video games are things he enjoys away from football, was thankful for the support of his parents, Keith Browning and Marie Proctor, during his recruitment, and with his selection of Missouri as his college destination, where he plans to study business finance in Missouri's School of Business.
"It feels great! I'm on my way," said Browning, talking about how it feels to have signed his letter of intent to attend Missouri.
Browning said that he's planning to attend Missouri's Spring Game, and will enroll at Missouri in June. He's not sure whether he'll start out at safety or at corner, but he's definitely looking forward to getting his Missouri career underway.
"I can't wait to get there," said Browning.
Barry Odom was Browning's primary recruiter. He talked about the talented DB.
"Cortland played corner last year," said Coach Odom. "He runs really well. He's a rangy kid, long arms. He's played almost everywhere on the field. He was a running back before they moved him to defense. He's going to start out at safety.......................... Late in the recruiting process, he was hit hard by a lot of places, but he stuck true to us."
JP's take- Browning is a super athletic defensive back with good size,speed,quickness and leaping ability. He has good hips and can change direction quickly and turn and run with receivers easily. He displays good ball skills and hands. He plays the ball very well. He runs very well and has great closing speed, which looks like one of his best assets. He is also physical and looks like he likes to hit. Plays the run as well as the pass. I can see why they like the thought of him playing safety. He looks like he could play either spot or cornerback, so he could be used in different pass coverage packages, but could be a more natural fit at the safety position. I wonder if he could even possibly grow into an outside linebacker. Another great find by the staff. Look for him to be mentioned as one of the top newcomers in fall camp.
Greg's Take - Coach Odom says that Browning will start out playing safety for the Tigers, but talked about his versatility to play either safety, or corner. He has great size for either position. It appears that he has all of the coverage skills, in addition to being physical enough, to play either position. He's an outstanding athlete who possesses the versatility to play anywhere in the secondary. He's aggressive in man-to-man coverage, and closes quickly to the football, or to support against the run. I think that Browning is one of a handful of incoming freshmen who will have a real good shot at seeing the field in 2011.
Cortland Browning Senior Highlights