There are some guys who like to draw out the recruiting process until the final minute, taking all of their visits and soaking up all of the fanfare that comes with process. Other players like to nip it in the bud, as the calls, emails, texts and questions just get to be too much.
Max Browne, the quarterback out of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., is the second type of player. The rising senior is the top-ranked quarterback recruit in the country and has decided that enough is enough; according to Rivals.com and Scout.com, he'll pull the plug on the circus on Wednesday (per The Seattle Times).
Browne, who has offers from far too many schools to list, has already narrowed his choices down to Alabama, Oklahoma, USC and Washington. Four solid schools, four great options and one hard choice for the kid who wants to shut down the process to focus on his senior season.
Looking at Browne's four options, they are all very different choices from a football standpoint. In Alabama, you have Nick Saban, a man whose teams win a ton of ballgames. However, Saban's programs have not produced much in the way of standout quarterbacks, and he is a dyed-in-the-wool, hardcore believer in a run-dominated scheme.
At Oklahoma, we see a team that will be looking to fill Landry Jones' shoes in 2013, which does make it somewhat appetizing for a player who wants to play early. Southern Cal also loses a big-time quarterback in Matt Barkley but the Trojans have two high school standouts battling for the second spot in Max Wittek and Cody Kessler.
At Washington, Keith Price is expected to be the senior starter in 2013 while Nick Montana waits in the wings for his chance to shine.
Aside from the depth charts and football philosophy, Max Browne has a lot of things to consider: how he feels at the school, where he fits in off the field and how important proximity is to his decision. Washington is less than a half hour from his hometown, an easy commute for friends and family to see him play. Southern Cal keeps him on the West Coast and on television in his local market. Bama and OU both are a ways across the country, but he wouldn't be the first young man to make a long trip to reap big rewards.
The young man has a lot on his plate, and tomorrow, we should get an answer as to where he plans to spend his college days.