Browning Gives The Latest

Bryant Browning has gone from Ohio State's fourth or fifth priority among in-state offensive linemen, all the way to its top priority. The Cleveland Glenville product recently visited Michigan State and will take three more visits before deciding. We caught up with him for the latest.

Offensive lineman Bryant Browning from Cleveland Glenville made an official visit to Michigan State the weekend of Dec. 16-18.

"It went pretty well," Browning said. "It was a lot like my Ohio State visit (Dec. 2-4). There was some good and some bad, but overall I had a good time. Ohio State and Michigan State are both good programs."

Browning got a chance to spend a lot of time with MSU head coach John L. Smith.

"He's a good guy," Browning said. "He's down to earth and a good guy to talk to."

Browning (6-4, 320, 5.5) is ranked as the No. 59 offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com. He will take three more official visits before he makes a decision.

"I'm going to visit Northwestern (Jan. 6), Tennessee (Jan. 13) and Indiana (Jan. 20)," Browning said. "I don't think I'm going to wait until signing day to make my decision, but I want to wait until after I take all my visits."

Browning stays in close contact with Ohio State's coaching staff.

"I talk to (offensive line coach Jim) Bollman at least once or twice a week," he said.

Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel has not made an in-house visit with Browning and one has not been scheduled at this time.

Ohio State has received just one verbal commitment from an offensive lineman thus far this year: Connor Smith. Two if you count tight end Jake Ballard.

Smith is the fifth-best offensive lineman in the country, so that's a good place to start.

However, the other top targets in the state turned down offers from the Buckeyes. Justin Boren is going to Michigan, Aaron Brown picked Virginia Tech and Joe Thomas is honoring his commitment to Pittsburgh.

Therefore, Browning has become the top offensive line prospect in the state on the open market.

He was asked if he realizes that OSU has not had the best luck with O-line recruits this year.

"Yeah, I have noticed and that does cross your mind," Browning said. "They (OSU's coaches) have mentioned that they've offered some other guys who decided to go to other schools. Ohio State only offers people they really want. Some schools offer a lot and accept whoever gets back with them first."

But what does Browning think about possibly being one of the few offensive linemen in OSU's class?

"You do want to play and there might be a chance to play there before not too long," he said. "But for me, it's more about how the school can help you outside of football with your schoolwork and getting a degree. If you work hard, the playing time and everything else will come along with it."

As for the proverbial "Glenville pipeline" to OSU, Browning says too much can be made of it.

"I don't pay any attention to stuff like that," he said. "I just try and stay true to myself and not worry about what other people are doing."

Browning reports a 4.1 GPA and a 17 on the ACT.


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