Kennedale (Texas) linebacker Baron Browning knows it’s necessary, but from answering countless texts and phone calls from college football coaches to answering redundant questions from reporters the recruitment process can be draining.
Then there’s his quest for a state title.
“I’ve got a lot going on,” said Brown, who is ranked No. 2 at his position and No. 9 overall by 247Sports. “I’ve stopped with the interviews for the most part, but, with everything else, I’ve gotta be really focused. It can be a lot at times.”
That’s why it was a welcomed distraction for Browning on Thursday morning when he was presented with an honorary jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as part of the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
The game is Jan. 7 in San Antonio’s Alamodome at 1 p.m. (ET).
“It’s a great honor to be a part of the game,” Browning said. “It’s not just about the hype or anything like that. This is a game that represents the men and women that fight to protect our freedom so it’s something I’m excited to be a part of. Honestly, it just makes me want to work harder.”
Browning and the Wildcats are 2-1 headed in to Friday night’s matchup at Whitehouse (Texas).
He racked up 10 tackles and an interception in last week’s 34-7 win over Rider (Wichita Falls, Texas) and said if the Wildcats are going to win the first football state title in the school’s history it’ll have to be “a total team effort every game.”
“We’ve just gotta come together the way we’re capable of,” Browning said. “Just leave all of the egos aside and focus on what we have to do every play. It’s gonna be hard work, but I believe that we can do it.”
If Kennedale falls short it certainly won’t be from a lack of leadership; when asked how he planned to celebrate earning his U.S. Army All-American jersey, Browning said, “I don’t.”
“This is fun and I’ll do a couple of the interviews and things like that,” he said. “But after I hang up this phone it’s back to being focused. I’ve got work to do.”
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