The above video features game footage of 2017 five-star outside linebacker Baron Browning.
Baron Browning, 2017 OLB, Kennedale (Texas)
- Game: Kennedale 34, Wichita Falls Rider 27 -- at Kennedale High School (Sept. 16)
- Size: 6-4, 230
- Recruiting info: Browning confirmed with Scout after the game that he has official visits set in November for Ohio State and UCLA. Browning also said he will release his other three official visits within the next couple of weeks. For a full interview with Browning, check out this story -- 5-Star Baron Browning Talks Official Visits.
Game analysis: Kennedale moves Browning around the formation, from inside linebacker, to outside linebacker, to defensive end in its predominantly odd front which often features five down linemen. Virtually from anywhere on the field, Browning is a threat as a pass-rusher. He's got a great get-off and elite closing speed for his size.
With a hand on the ground, Browning can be a fierce pass-rusher off the edge. He flashes a quick first step and regularly bends the edge, beating the tackle with his speed around the corner.
From inside linebacker, Browning is athletic enough to run sideline to sideline. He's an excellent candidate to spy the quarterback if needed, and at the high school level, he can even cover backs and some receivers in space. You can see him chase a receiver across the field and break up a pass in the above game clips.
Outside linebacker is Browning's most natural position. I would love to see him play in a traditional 3-4 defense where he's allowed to cut loose as a pass-rusher. Browning possesses an elite frame and could become a large hybrid edge rusher, or even wind up as a weak-side end in an even front.
Whatever the case at the next level, I would expect Browning to rush the passer. He has great instincts in that area, but he also showed enough in this game that he can do everything well that you ask of a linebacker, regardless of inside or outside alignment.