2017 Five-Star Linebacker Baron Browning, of Kennedale, Texas, Commits to Ohio State

By Andrew Lind on December 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm
Baron Browning
Baron Browning

Kennedale, Texas, five-star linebacker Baron Browning apparently only needed a few extra days to make sure he was making the right decision on his future, committing to Ohio State on Thursday evening. 

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is considered the second-best outside linebacker and the No. 9 prospect overall in the Class of 2017. He picked the Buckeyes over finalists Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, TCU and UCLA.

The Browning File

  • Class: 2017
  • Size: 6-foot-3, 230 pounds
  • Pos: LB
  • School: Kennedale (Kennedale, TX)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★★
  • Composite Rank: 2 (OLB)

Many believed Browning was trending toward the Crimson Tide following his official visit to Tuscaloosa in October, but a trip Columbus for the game against Michigan was a turning point in his recruitment. 

Browning planned to make a decision on Tuesday, Nov. 29, but postponed his announcement in order to reassess his options. 

Ohio State and Alabama both made an in-home visit on Wednesday evening, at which time head coach Urban Meyer evidently convinced Browning Columbus was the place for him. 

Browning becomes the 16th member of Ohio State's Big Ten-best recruiting class. He is also the only linebacker, as Ann Arbor, Michigan, Pioneer four-star Antjuan Simmons decommitted on Wednesday. 

Eleven Warriors will have more on Browning's pledge shortly.

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