Cortland Browning: Texas Corner Commits to Missouri Tigers for 2011

Ryan FallerAnalyst IMarch 21, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 28:  Head Coach Gary Pinkle of the Missouri Tigers looks on from the side line during their game against the Kansas Jayhawks during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Cortland Browning , a cornerback from Tyler, TX, has verbally committed to the Missouri Tigers, according to Power Mizzou , MU's Rivals.com affiliate.

Browning says he has been in contact with the Missouri coaching staff for some time, including his primary recruiter, MU safeties coach Barry Odom.

Ultimately, the decision to commit wasn't a hard one for Browning, who collected 50 tackles and two interceptions while earning Class 11-5A All-District honors as a junior last season at Tyler Lee High School.

"They're one of the top schools," Browning told the site. "They're a football program on the rise. They should be going after No. 1 soon, going after that national championship."

The 6'1", 190-pound Browning seems destined to play either cornerback or safety in college, but he admitted to Power Mizzou that he's willing to do anything to help the Tigers succeed.

"I'm a player that does what he's asked to do," Browning said. "I can do whatever I'm taught to do."

Browning is the seventh known commitment of the 2011 recruiting class. He joins quarterback Corbin Berkstresser (Lee's Summit, MO), receivers Wesley Leftwich (Columbia, MO) and Brandon Hannah (St. Louis, MO), running back Anthony Pierson (St. Louis, MO), defensive end Shane Ray (Shawnee Mission, KS), and defensive tackle/end Sheldon Richardson (St. Louis, MO), who is currently enrolled at a junior college in Visalia, CA.

Due to a minimum number of available scholarships, the Missouri Tigers plan to accept as few as 18 commitments for the current class. Missouri signed 23 recruits for the 2010 class , including six players who project to play either cornerback or safety.


The Tigers conducted their first scrimmage of spring practices inside the Dan Devine Pavilion on Saturday. And, as the Columbia Daily Tribune's Dave Matter reveals, a surprisingly aggressive approach by the defense, particularly the cornerbacks , was the catalyst for a one-sided affair.

Speaking of the MU defense, check out this great piece by Matt Hinton of Rivals.com. Hinton has been highlighting the most intriguing players to look out for in 2010, and his most recent subject was the scintillating Aldon Smith , the MU defensive end who last season earned Freshman All-American honors and set a new single-season school record for sacks.


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