A few months back, Kiffin helped convince Matt Barkley to return for his senior season and make a run at a national championship, and on Wednesday he received a verbal commitment from Max Browne, the top quarterback prospect in the 2013 class.
Browne made his decision public at a ceremony at Issaquah (WA) Skyline High School, putting on a USC hat and saying, "USC! Fight On!"
"I came to Skyline to continue legacy of great quarterbacks, and do the same at USC," Browne said. "USC is the best combination of football and academics in the country."
The 6-5, 196-pound signal-caller has great size, a strong arm and led Skyline High School to the state title as a junior in 2012.
Browne has passed for 8,216 yards and 95 touchdowns in the past two seasons.
He plans to enroll early at USC.
Browne is the consensus the top quarterback in the country this year and they're really isn't a close second at this point. He has every physical tool you could want and the intangibles to match. He has a great frame, moves around better than given credit for and can make every throw. Mechanically, you could do an instruction video on Browne as his ball placement, release, and drops are college level right now. He doesn't get rattled, shows great poise in the pocket and is already adept at going through his progressions and finding his secondary options. - Greg Biggins