ACCOLADES: Browning was named a U.S. Army All-American and a finalist for the 2016 high school Dick Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the nation. He helped Kennedale make its first-ever appearance in the Texas 4A state semifinals in 2016. He was the state’s 2016 Associated Press 4A defensive player of the year with 81 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 10 pass breakups, in addition to being named a two-time first-team all-state honoree.
BROWNING SAYS: “I wanted to go somewhere where I could play at the highest level and get one of the best educations in the country. It was a close call. At one time I was thinking about going to Alabama, but when I remembered what was important to me it made the decision easy.”
EXPERT’S TAKE: “Browning is a big and physical presence on the field, especially intimidating at the linebacker position where you just do not see many guys with his size playing standing up. He moved all around the Kennedale defense. He played up on the line of scrimmage as an edge rusher and moved to the middle to stop the run.” – Greg Powers
PERSONAL: Browning is the son of DeKisha and Barry Browning, who was a two-year football letterman at TCU. Baron’s brother, Barry Jr., is a Stanford graduate who was a four-year football letterman for the Cardinal between 2007-10. Baron enrolled early at Ohio State.
2017 OUTLOOK: While Browning might be a more natural fit at outside linebacker, the Buckeyes have a hole in the middle after the departure of Raekwon McMillan. Browning could be a dark horse candidate to fight for that spot, and should at least find his way onto the field in some capacity this season.
COMMIT DATE: Dec. 1, 2016
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