2013 Prospect Watch: Max Browne

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline's Max Browne is easily among the best 2013 quarterbacks in the west, and he breaks down his off-season for us, including plans for the summer...

Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne torched opposing defenses last season. As just a sophomore, he threw for over 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns. It is no shock that many have the talented gunslinger on track to be one of the top quarterbacks in the 2013 class.

"This spring really started in late winter with the USAAA Combine in San Antonio," said Browne. "I played basketball for my high school and then participated in the Elite 11 in California. While I was down there I was able to check out California and Stanford."

The Golden Bears offered Browne shortly after his visit, joining Washington as the two programs that have jumped on the sophomore early. The 6'5", 196-pound quarterback talked about what stands out for each of the two programs.

"California...I have family down there," said Browne. "Coach Tedford has had a string of good quarterbacks, from Joey Harrington at Oregon to Aaron Rodgers at Cal. They are rebuilding their facilities and all of it would be done by the time I would get there in 2013. They have been down the last couple years but they know how to win."

"With Washington...the obvious is that it is close to home," said Browne. "I really like the staff and the energy at UW. The bowl win was great last year and it shows they are on the right path. I also know that UW can get me to the NFL with Coach Nussmeier and Sark, like Jake Locker this past year."

Browne has been hearing from other schools as well, and has plans to see as many as possible this coming summer.

"I have been hearing from Stanford, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Michigan and UCLA," said Browne. "I plan on doing a Midwest trip where I check out Notre Dame, Wisconsin, even though they just signed a big quarterback, and Oklahoma, which seems like a school that would be cool to visit."

Browne has a personal connection to UCLA, too. His private quarterback coach, Taylor Barton, played for Rick Neuheisel. That connection has garnered the interest in UCLA, with Browne camping at UCLA last summer.

Browne mentioned the recent commitment of Bart Houston to Wisconsin. In addition, many Washington fans are concerned that the commitment of 2012 quarterback Jeff Lindquist may also effect Browne's decision. He talked about how much the depth chart ahead of him will matter.

"I would just say that I am aware that wherever I go there is going to be competition," said Browne. "Only a few guys get to go in and start right away. Obviously I would like to play as many years as I can but mainly I am just looking for the program that is right for me."

Browne has seen two previous Skyline stars move through the recruiting process in Jake Heaps and Kasen Williams. He talked about the advantage that gives him.

"It obviously helped seeing Jake and Kasen go through all of this and what they did to make the process as smooth as possible," said Browne. "Mainly I think it helps that my Coach (Mat Taylor) has been through all of it before and can answer my questions and tell me what to expect."

Both Jake Heaps and Kasen Williams made their college decisions before their senior seasons, does Browne see himself following suit?

"There has to be a school that fits," said Browne. "But I think it helps your high school team if you can commit early. I know with quarterbacks it is different than other positions, they all want you to commit earlier."

Browne has been under a microscope his entire career. Whether it was replacing Jake Heaps at quarterback, leading Skyline back to the state title game or now shouldering the offense with his leading receivers graduated, Browne has managed to handle it all in stride.

"The supporting cast around me has helped me to deal with it, whether it is my parents, brothers or friends," said Browne. "The community is really tight and has been supportive the whole way. I remember coming out for my first game and the student section was chanting my name before I had ever taken a snap."

In addition to the Skyline summer schedule, Browne will keep busy with his visits to schools in the Midwest and possibly the SEC. In his free time, he will keep dodging requests from local fans already trying to sway his college decision.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't hear from UW and WSU fans," said Browne. "I take it all with a grain of salt, they just care about their school and want you to go there. I know that my friends and the community at Skyline will be happy for me wherever I decide to go."

Jake Worthen is a West Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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