Just five days before he heads down to USC to begin his college career, Skyline quarterback Max Browne competed one last time as a high-school athlete.
Browne joined Bellevue linebacker Myles Jack, a UCLA commit, in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Saturday. The game was broadcast live on NBC and featured the best high-school players in the country, including those going to Alabama, Notre Dame and USC.
Browne and Jack both finished with noteworthy performances among the crowded field.
Browne, who became Washington’s career passing leader in the state championship game this year, accounted for the West team’s only touchdown in a 15-8 loss.
He completed 4 of 7 passes for 52 yards, including a beautifully lofted 16-yard touchdown pass that his receiver hauled in over defensive back Jalen Ramsey, a fellow USC commit. Browne then completed a pass for the two-point conversion. He was also sacked three times.
He will now join Lane Kiffin at USC and compete for Matt Barkley’s old job in the spring.
Jack, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker, finished with five tackles, tied for most on the West team, and had a big hit on special teams.
Jack harassed opposing offenses during his senior year, dominating the game defensively in a way longtime Bellevue coach Butch Goncharoff hadn’t seen. In one game, he piled up six sacks – in the first half. In another, he left the other team’s players talking about how impressive he was. Teams even tried running away from his side of the field.
Jack played mostly on the edge as a senior at Bellevue, but he projects as a versatile linebacker in college. He’s big enough to hold his own against the run but also quick enough to drop back in coverage.
While Jack is committed to UCLA, UW is still in the running. The Huskies hired Marques Tuiasosopo to be their quarterbacks coach last week. Tuiasosopo previously coached tight ends at UCLA and was a major reason Jack committed to the Bruins.