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Five-star ready to make decision

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Max Browne has taken his visits to USC and Oklahoma and the five-star quarterback from Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline said he's ready to make his college decision.
The top-rated quarterback in the 2013 class by Rivals.com will make his commitment Wednesday night after his team workout. All of the specifics were not worked out Monday evening but Browne said he's ready to end his recruitment.
USC and Oklahoma are believed to be the finalists since Browne has recently taken trips to both of those schools. This past week he spent three days at USC and even had lunch with current Trojans' quarterback Matt Barkley while on campus.
Browne, ranked eighth in the 2013 rankings by Rivals.com, had rave reviews about his USC trip, his second one in recent months after also visiting with the Trojans for their junior day.
During this most recent visit, Browne said it was valuable not only chatting with Barkley but getting to spend time seeing how the coaches ran meetings and how the players interacted with each other.
"It was great," Browne said Sunday night after returning home. "I'm really glad we made it work. The junior day was great and I got exposed to a lot there but throughout the three days I was exposed to even more things.
"It was a great process and I became more comfortable with the staff and the players and all the stuff USC has to offer. I was sitting back and observing how coaches coach, how players interact with other players on the team and how they interact with the coaches. Also, besides football, I saw how students go about their business."
The five-star visited Oklahoma earlier in March and said he had an outstanding time meeting with coach Bob Stoops, getting a feel for Norman and ingratiating himself in the Sooners' program. Browne had positive things to say about his trip to Oklahoma and it has to be considered a serious contender for his pledge.
"I didn't talk a whole lot of offense with Stoops," Browne said. "He talked about everything besides that but he definitely mentioned that there is a quarterback tradition there.
"Coach (Josh) Heupel was the guy who really assured me that they'll take care of me at the quarterback position if I go there. It all started with himself when he led them to a national championship. He didn't say it but you can tell with all the records and the trophies that there is a great tradition there.
"They assured me if I go there I'd have success. They said they've never had a five-star guy play yet and they are very excited about what I have to offer and my high school runs a very similar system so I would be able to adapt quickly. I'm excited about what they have to offer there."
In his sophomore and junior seasons combined, Browne has thrown for 8,216 passing yards with 95 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. Alabama and Washington were also considered for visits but Browne said he's ready to make his decision within days.
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