Max Browne had taken his visits, considered his options and soon after returning from a three-day trip to USC, the five-star quarterback was ready to make his all-important decision.
The top-rated quarterback and eighth-best prospect in the 2013 class by Rivals.com committed to USC on Wednesday night over Oklahoma, Alabama, Washington and many others who pursued the Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline standout.
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During his visit that started Thursday and ended Saturday evening at USC, Browne had lunch with current Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley, one of many aspects that played a factor in his decision-making process.
A big selling point was an appropriately placed rack of No. 4 USC jerseys he saw on a trip to the bookstore. It was another sign the Trojans were right.
"I went down there and my quarterbacks coach said you'll know when you know," Browne said.
"They took me to the bookstore and I walked out of the elevator and there were little, toddler size No. 4 jerseys, USC jerseys, and I said that's where I need to be. I don't know if I'll be No. 4 but that was an amazing sign that's where I need to be."
Browne, who threw for 8,216 yards with 95 touchdowns and 20 interceptions in his sophomore and junior seasons, also had an opportunity to sit in the background during meetings, he got a chance to get a feel for how the players interacted and get a sense for the program in general.
Getting that inside look was important to Browne as he made his considerations over the past few days.
After his second visit to USC - he had also been there for its recent junior day - Browne said it was also crucial to see how the offense ran through coach Lane Kiffin and quarterbacks coach Clay Helton.
Oklahoma was also a serious contender in the recruitment of Browne, who visited with the Sooners in recent weeks.
The five-star quarterback raved about meeting coach Bob Stoops and co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel and how he'd fit in well with the Sooners.
Oklahoma was definitely a player until Browne took his three-day trip to USC. Quarterback tradition at both schools is extensive but the Trojans had everything possible for Browne and so the Pac-12 powerhouse won.
"I knew this was the place," Browne said. "My visit to Oklahoma was very good. I enjoyed all the places but Oklahoma tugged me in some ways. I liked them a lot and I really contemplated committing there but SC was the right place for me and I couldn't be more excited.
"Guys that I've grown up idolizing like Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassel, Carson Palmer, all those guys and soon to be Matt Barkley, it's just special. I'm going to go in there and be the best quarterback I can be and see where the chips fall."
USC is off to a huge start in the 2013 class. Browne joins fellow five-star Kenny Bigelow, a defensive end from Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy and four-star cornerback Chris Hawkins out of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Hawkins committed this past weekend.
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