Browning on Radar

Browning on Radar

Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson offensive lineman holds an offer from Tulsa and continues to hear from programs from around the country...

Blake Browning has kept busy this off-season, attending Junior Days at Tulsa, California, and North Texas while also working out in front of visiting coaches.

The 6-foot-1, 285-pound lineman out of Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson picked up his first offer from Tulsa, and then returned to campus for VIP Day, which he said was "really nice." Browning was also invited to camp at UTSA and a few other schools.

Looking ahead, the lineman is trying to form together a list of programs he wants to seriously explore over the summer.

"Right now, I really don't know where I will camp. The way it's playing out, there are a lot of schools that are coming out, like Kansas, UTEP, Vanderbilt, UMass. It really depends on how the spring plays out with offers and who shows serious interest. I'd love to have a short list by the end of the spring," he said.

He plays center for the Hawks, and Browning finds himself being recruited as an interior lineman at the next level.

"Some schools say center, but most are looking at me as a general interior lineman. Coaches have said that they like my ability to pull and that I'm not afraid to put my head in," he said.

Many coaches have been by practice and are scheduled to stop by throughout the evaluation period, including Cal.

"I've been talking to Coach [Sonny] Dykes a lot and they are coming back out here in a couple of weeks to see me again; when they came last, we weren't in football. I like the coaches so it really just depends if they say that they really want me to come to camp. If they do, then I'm there," he said.

While he's content with the way his recruitment has played out thus far, Browning wouldn't be opposed to getting some looks from in-state programs.

"I would like to hear from a couple of more Texas schools. I was born and raised here, and it's just a little funny that the interest has all been out of state. UTEP is the first Texas school to show some legitimate interest. But I'm really satisfied with where I'm sitting right now; I'm blessed," he said.

Recruitment aside, Browning has stepped up as a leader on the offensive line and has kept himself busy in the weight room.

"It feels great to get back out there with the guys. We've spent a lot of time in the weight room this spring; our program is very weight room based. You can see it in our numbers. My bench has gone up 35 pounds from 300 to 335, and that happens across the board. Our spring lifts really pay off because the numbers shoot up and then you see it on the field," he said.

Hendrickson, which has non-traditional spring practice, will be busy with 7on7 over the next few months. While the skills players keep busy on the field, Browning has a different workout plan.

"I really focus on lifting a lot because as a lineman, that's what's really important: hip flexibility, my squats. When we get the chance, we go outside and get on the sled so we don't lose our agility while we get bigger.

"I know I want to bench over 400 pounds before I graduate. I'm at 350 right now so I have a little ways to go, but I'm still sixteen, so I have a lot of growth left in me," he said.

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