Baron Browning announced Sunday he is decommitting from Baylor and will open back up his recruitment.
He posted a letter to the Baylor coaching staff on Twitter, revealing his decision:
Browning is the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country and ranks 26th overall—fourth in the state of Texas—according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
Before Sunday, he was the best player in the Bears' 2017 recruiting class, a title that now falls to 4-star wide receiver Hezekiah Jones. Head coach Art Briles could lure Browning back to Waco, Texas, but he'll have some stiff competition. As HornSports.com's Daniel Seahorn noted, Browning won't be lacking in attention from top programs:
Baron Browning is a monster. Every single FBS school will be beating down his door for his signature.— Daniel Seahorn (@CoachSeahorn) February 14, 2016
247Sports' "crystal ball" predictions don't like Baylor's chances of retaining the talented defender, with the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Longhorns gaining major ground.
Browning did a little bit of everything in 2015. He recorded 74 tackles, eight of which were for a loss, in addition to one sack, four forced fumbles and two interceptions, per 247Sports. He also scored twice, once on a fumble and another time on an interception.
Listed at 6'4" and 230 pounds, Browning has great size for his position. He could probably benefit from adding a little bit of muscle, though, in order to diversify his skill set; otherwise, he risks his value being derived largely from his pass-rushing skills.
There's no question Browning has all the physical tools to thrive at the next level. He's quick, agile and strong enough to wrap up and bring down the ball-carrier. If he reaches his full potential, Browning could be a potential All-American linebacker.
Given the number of schools that will be vying for Browning's signature, Briles and his staff will have their work cut out for them if they're to convince the 5-star recruit to commit to the school all over again.
Recruit info and star ratings courtesy of 247Sports.