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Baron Browning
2017-2018 Football Profile
#5 - Freshman - Middle Linebacker
Season Profiles:  2017 | 2016
About Baron Browning
Home Town: Kennedale, Texas
School: Kennedale
Height: 6-3
Weight: 232
Forty Yard: 4.56
Vertical Leap: 37.4
Shuttle Time: 4.18
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U.S. Army All-American | Nation's top OLB recruit

The Player
Baron Browning is a 6’3” 230-pount outside linebacker out of Kennedale HS in Kennedale, Texas. He is rated as the No. 2 outside linebacker recruit in the class of 2017, and the No. 3 player in the state of Texas.

Browning possesses a great ability to get to the ball quickly and make surefire tackles. He can blitz the quarterback well, and can also drop back in pass coverage and does that well also. He could possibly line up at any of the linebacker positions, as well as maybe on the defensive end as a third-down rusher.

As a comparison, current Buckeye middle linebacker Raekwon McMillan is 6’2” and 243 pounds as a junior, so size wise he matches up fairly well and that is without time under noted strength coach Mickey Marotti.

The Comparison
After watching the highlights and watching this season for the Buckeyes, the guy I see Browning resembling on the current roster is Jerome Baker. Baker tackles well, can play in coverage, and blitzes well. Baker played limited snaps as a true freshman, but got pulled into starting duty when Dante Booker went down with injury. I can see the same type of playing time for Browning early on if he performs well in camp.

The Fit
Browning is the ideal fit for the Ohio State defense as a linebacker. As was said above, his current size and weight are right on par with what the current Ohio State linebackers are, and with the college conditioning program at Ohio State, he will only become stronger. His ability to play multiple positions for the Buckeyes will benefit him as well as Ohio State as it should get him on the field fairly quickly.

The Depth Chart
The Buckeyes will likely lose three linebackers from the 2016 team in Craig Fada, Joe Burger and NFL-Early entrant Raekwon McMillan which will leave the Buckeyes very young in their two-deep. They will return Chris Worley and Jerome Baker along with likely starter Dante Booker, but after that there isn’t a lot of game experience from the rest of the Buckeyes. With Browning being an early enrollee, he has the chance to come in and learn the playbook and get started with conditioning which gives him a good shot at playing time as a true freshman.

The Future
The Buckeyes should have a potential All-American on their hands with Browning if he meets his comparisons and expectations. The Buckeyes have been great at developing linebackers into future NFL stars, and Browning could be the next in line. After next season with more NFL early entrants expected, Browning could find himself a starter as a sophomore much like Jerome Baker. -- Ben van Ooyen

2016 - 81 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks
2015 - 74 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sacks

2016 AP 4A Defensive Player of the Year; Two-time First-Team All-State; Already enrolled at Ohio State

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