- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
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Lane Kiffin and the USC program added a prize ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect to its class of 2013 on Wednesday when Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline quarterback Max Browne chose the Trojans over Alabama, Oklahoma and Washington at a news conference at his high school.
Browne is considered one of the nation's top prep passers after completing 70 percent of his passes for 4,034 yards and 45 touchdowns as a junior.
The commitment doesn't come as much of a surprise, as the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Browne decided to announce his decision immediately after a three-day unofficial visit to USC, where he was able to spend time with the Trojans coaches as well as some one-on-one time with quarterback Matt Barkley.
Browne said he wanted to make his decision early because he already has spent so much time going through the recruiting process and would like to begin focusing on his senior season.
USC coaches said they would accept the commitment whenever it occurred, as Browne clearly became their top target when a scholarship was extended during USC's junior day in early February.
This is the second year of a three-year span the Trojans are limited to just 15 scholarships, rather than the usual 25, so Brown represents a huge piece of this year's puzzle.