Lisbon's Browne Piles Up Defensive Offers

What once began with a scholarship offer from the University of Akron has now grown into a virtual smorgasbord of offers from schools in different conferences from around the country for Vincent Browne of D-V Lisbon David Anderson High School to select from. After a couple of unofficial visits this summer, Browne plans to make a few officials during the season and then make a final decision.

The recruiting process continues to evolve to new heights with respect to Vincent Browne of Lisbon's David Anderson High School.

"Nebraska is real interested now. They're losing their strong side end on defense after this year," Browne said. "It's another opportunity similar to the one at Syracuse where they're really going to need a strong side defensive end."

Much of the recruiting focus for Browne has now shifted to schools who are looking at him to contribute on the defensive side of the ball. Defensive end is easily the position that he's being recruited for over any other.

"At this point," he said, "I've got it pretty much narrowed down to schools who want me to play defense. And I'm excited about that."

In addition to Nebraska and Syracuse, other schools like West Virginia, Northwestern and Colorado are interested in him as a defensive end as well. And out of that group, only Nebraska has yet to offer.

Browne claims offers from 10 schools up to this point. Akron, Ohio and Miami of the MAC; Kansas and Colorado of the Big 12; Northwestern and Indiana from the Big Ten; and Pitt, West Virginia and Syracuse of the Big East.

"Ohio State doesn't seem to be interested any more," said Browne who ran a 4.82-second 40-yard dash at OSU's senior camp. "I haven't heard anything from them since I went to their camp. Penn State neither."

At 6-5 and 241 pounds, Browne's days on the offensive line seem to be over, for now anyway. Some people have been speculating that he could eventually bulk up and be a legitimate candidate to play tackle at some point down the line.

"You're not going to see me on the offensive line this year," Browne said. "I'll be playing fullback in our triple option attack and I hope to get a few carries this year. And I'll also play tight end on offense. On defense I'll still play middle linebacker and some defensive end."

At one point in the process Browne was hoping to pick his college destination before the season started but he's changed his thinking on that.

"I'm going to take my official visits and then decide," he said. "There's no sense in rushing things now."

Browne intends to make an unofficial visit to Northwestern on the 23rd of July and then to West Virginia on the 27th before shifting his focus back toward the start of his senior season.

"I've been really working hard trying to get stronger and faster," he said. "I'm doing everything that I can to be ready for the start of the season."

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