The Texas Longhorns were left out of the final six schools for consensus five-star Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning, but there was a glimmer of hope on Monday:
No longer announcing tomorrow, I need some more time to think & weigh my options to ensure I make the right decision for me & my future ...— Baron Browning (@baronbrwnng) November 29, 2016
The planned early enrollee was scheduled to announce on Tuesday, but instead opted to postpone his decision indefinitely, which could be good news for new Longhorns head coach Tom Herman and his growing staff.
There isn’t currently a linebackers coach or defensive coordinator on Herman’s fledging staff, according to reports, but the prospective hire of Florida State tight ends coach Tim Brewster could be important for Texas, as he’s the primary recruiter for Browning with the Seminoles.
Browning’s top six schools currently include Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, TCU, and UCLA. In the 247Sport Crystal Ball projections, the Crimson Tide are trending.
The 6’3, 230-pounder is ranked as the nation’s No. 9 prospect, No. 2 outside linebacker, and No. 3 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Texas does not currently hold any commitments from linebackers in the 2017 class.