Skyline QB Max Browne, regarded as the No. 1 recruit in the state this year and, by some, as the best QB prospect in the nation, has officially committed tonight to USC.
Mason Kelley of our staff has the details and Browne’s reasoning for choosing the Trojans, including having a good opportunity to succeed Matt Barkley after the 2012 season — USC didn’t sign a quarterback in its Class of 2012.
That Browne would pick USC wasn’t a big surprise — rumors had surfaced that it was going in that direction a few days ago. I think the Husky coaches have probably known for a lot longer than a few days that getting Browne was a long shot, and UW has already done a lot of leg work getting another QB for this class — and the the Huskies will undoubtedly want to get a QB for this class.
Scout.com lists UW as having offers out to two other quarterbacks — Troy Williams of Narbonne High (Harbor City, Calif) and Johnny Stanton of Santa Margarita, Calif. Williams is reportedly visiting for the Spring Game April 28. It’s also thought UW is heavily pursuing Cooper Bateman of Salt Lake City.
Obviously, UW appears fine at quarterback for the immediate future with Keith Price in the fold for two more years, Derrick Brown as a redshirt freshman and incoming frosh Jeff Lindquist and Cyler Miles arriving in the fall. That UW got two QBs last year helps mitigate the damage of not not getting Browne.
Still, it’s never a great thing losing out on the No. 1-rated QB in the country when he’s a hop, skip and a jump from your own campus — UW did for years seem to always get that guy.
And I probably don’t need to remind anyone reading this that the Huskies had well-documented struggles keeping some of the better in-state talent home a year ago, and the perception will be that this is another one that has been lost.
UW, though, has already taken aggressive steps to fix some of its previous recruiting ailments with the assistant coaching changes of last winter, so to the question of what are the Huskies going to do about losing in-state talent, they’ve already done it.
And Browne for quite a while now has been thought pretty willing to look around and find the best spot for him. He made that decision tonight and UW now has no choice but to move on.