D1's Recruiting Schlagle's Stallion

2013 running back J'Veyon Browning is one of the most exciting ball carriers in the Sunflower State. After a visit to Kansas, the chance of him playing defense in college is growing as well. But KU is not the only school showing strong interest in the versatile prospect. Go inside for the latest…

Schlagle (Kan.) High's J'Veyon Browning made the trip to Lawrence on Saturday to watch the Jayhawks take on Oklahoma State.

The 2013 running back from Schlagle High School was making a return trip after taking part in one of the Jayhawks' summer camps earlier this year. Browning enjoyed seeing the Jayhawks up-close, despite the nearly hour and twenty minute rain delay.

"The atmosphere of the school, it was really nice," he said. "The feeling there, it's a good vibe. You can tell the coaches really care."

After talking with assistant coaches Reggie Mitchell and Tim Grunhard, it sounds as if their interest in Browning is growing.

"KU talked with my coach about me playing corner," he said, smiling. "They said I could come in and play faster on defense," he added.

Not long ago, few thought the 5-foot-10, 177-pound senior would play defense at the next level. As head coach Tim Dorian's biggest offensive weapon, Browning ran for 1,466 yards and 20 touchdowns, taking home First Team All-Kansas City-Atchison League honors in 2011.

Browning plays in the secondary for the Stallions, but running back has always been his primary position. After running an electronically timed 4.42 second 40-yard dash at Nebraska last summer, that could change soon.

"Playing defense is fine with me," said, confidently. "I just want to play!"

Even with the new interest in him playing defense, Browning couldn't help but notice what James Sims, Taylor Cox, and Tony Pierson have done on the ground this season for the Jayhawks.

"I love the running game at KU," he said, still thinking he could carry the ball in Lawrence. "I love the passing game—but if we have a running game where we can get what we need on the ground, that's a huge plus."

Browning has run for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns this season through six games, highlighted by a 267-yard, 4 TD explosion in week four. With numbers like that, following his breakout junior season, it's no wonder the list of interested schools is growing.

"I've heard from Kansas State, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Missouri State, Southeast Missouri State, and South Dakota State" he said. "I went to Kansas State for the Miami game, and I will be visiting Iowa on the 20th."

"They are recruiting me as a running back," he said of the Hawkeyes. "I feel comfortable going down there and talking with them."

Asked where he might end up, Browning has already identified the factors that will make his decision.

"I want to stay close," he said. "The coaching staff, the school, and playing time will all play a role in my decision. Wherever is the best school for me is where I will be."

With that in mind, the Jayhawks could be on the verge of putting themselves clearly in the lead with Browning, having made a good impression over the weekend.

"They are talking about offering soon," he said. "You can tell they have been working hard at practice and are coming together."

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