Browning's recruitment picking up

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a look at safety Barry Browning from Everman, in the Greater Fort Worth area of Texas. Check out this SI recruiting update.

There is a reason with high school players are labeled as student-athletes. Of course, the title speaks for itself. And while most are taking care of their business in this aspect of their lives, some have taken it to another level.

One of those athletes is Everman defensive back Barry Browning. Not only does Browning holds three offers for him to play football on the college level, but he has maintained high marks in the classroom as well.

"I am ranked No. 11 out of 269 students," Browning said. "I have a 3.64 GPA and I am going to retake my SAT soon."

And it is evident that the information listed above checks out when schools like Stanford, Duke, and SMU have all extended an offer to the Dallas/Fort Worth area athlete. But, there is more coming.

While the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Browning sees all of these offers as great programs, he is open to many more that may come his way. And it seems like there are already some making contact.

"Oklahoma, TCU, Florida, Oklahoma State, and Nebraska are all recruiting me right now," Browning said. "All of my offers and interest have all been unexpected. When I got the Stanford offer I was shocked and excited."

Browning said at the moment he is open and undecided. He has yet to take any visits, but he looks for that to change real soon.

"Oklahoma, SMU, and Oklahoma State are the schools that I want to try and get out to during the spring and summer," Browning said. "I was invited to Oklahoma's junior day, but something came up with my family that I had to take care of. But, they (Sooners) have invited me to watch practice and to come up for camps."

At the moment, Browning does not hold and offer from the Sooners, but is open to one coming his way at anytime. 

"An offer from Oklahoma, that would be excellent," Browning said. "That would definitely be one of my top choices. I know that they have a solid football program, plenty of Big 12 titles, and this past year played for the national championship.

"But what I like most about them is their aggressive ‘D.'"

For Browning, safety is the primary position that he plays for the Everman team. But, he may have to play at the cornerback position at the next level. 

And for him, that is okay.

"I know that I will have to put on some pounds if I want to play safety in college," Browning said. "I may have to play cornerback, and that is okay with me."

Browning recorded 105 tackles, three interceptions, 15 pass break-ups, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown as a junior.


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