Along with the consensus No. 1 safety in the 2016 class, Brandon Jones of Nacogdoches, the Texas Longhorns will also host the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2017 class this weekend when Kennedale's Baron Browning comes to Austin.
Ranked as a consensus five-star prospect, the No. 31 player nationally, and the No. 6 player in Texas according to the 247Sports Composite, Browning is one of the most highly-coveted prospects in his class, holding offers from 18 schools. The Oklahoma Sooners were one of the latest to offer Browning, joining schools like Arkansas, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Washington, among others.
Stanford has a tie to Browning because his older brother Barry played defensive back for the Cardinal, while Baylor and Texas A&M currently split the six predictions in the star linebacker's Crystal Ball.
Back in March, there hadn't been a lot of contact between the 6'2.5, 220-pounder and the Texas staff, but some of that was likely due to the fact that there are major restrictions on such contact at this point in the recruiting process for Browning.
With that being said, the weekend visit is not only an opportunity for the staff to spend some one-on-one time with Browning, it would also represent the perfect chance for Texas to extend an offer. A visit earlier this spring from star defensive Marvin Wilson produced a similar offer, so look for the Horns to officially enter Browning's recruitment this weekend if he makes the visit as planned.