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Five-star back from USC

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Max Browne has seen the recent headlines about a recent four-star de-commitment from USC and the five-star quarterback from Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline has a message for concerned fans: Everything is going to be OK.
The nation's top-rated quarterback by Rivals.com said he and the other USC commits are not giving up on four-star safety Max Redfield, who recently reopened his recruitment, and that a strong group of prospects are sticking with the Trojans even if some take other official visits.
Browne, who's been committed to USC since April, made his first trip to the Coliseum for a game this weekend as the Trojans defeated Arizona State and he said there's no question about his pledge.
The five-star plans to be an early enrollee, too, further solidifying his commitment.
"I'm really disappointed to see Max de-commit but we're not giving up on him at all," Browne said. "It's just the nature of recruiting. Guys are going to commit and de-commit.
"It's not always pretty, it's not always what you want to see, but it happens. I know we have a strong core group of guys that are locked in and it's pretty much every guy. They're going to take some visits to make sure SC is the right place for them but in the end they'll sign with SC and we'll end up with a really good recruiting class."
Browne, who's thrown for 2,693 yards with 29 touchdowns and three interceptions and has completed 73 percent of his passes this season, has seen USC play at Washington but this was the first time he's seen the Trojans at the Coliseum.
He had a great time meeting with the coaches again and spending more time with the players. Being on campus early for spring practice and with an opening at quarterback after this season means Browne should be in the mix for the starting job. He's getting ready for it.
"I flew standby early that morning so I was able to get down there and get on the field," Browne said.
"It was the first time I was to a USC game at USC. I went to the Washington-USC game (at Washington) but it was fun to see the coaches again, I saw some players and said hello to them again. It was cool just to see a game, see them get a win and know I'll be wearing that uniform in a couple months. It was a cool game so I was glad I was able to get down to it.
"In my circumstance I think it's huge just to get used to my new surroundings, to get in school-wise and get in the playbook and get to know my teammates so come spring and summer I can compete for the job."
Rivals.com rates Browne, who will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as the No. 10 prospect in the class.
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