Common ground

Max Browne and Cooper Bateman battle on the field but are friends off it

Originally Published: July 6, 2012
By Mason Kelley | ESPN RecruitingNation

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- When Max Browne and Cooper Bateman met for the first time, they talked about the future.

They were at the Elite 11 regional in Oakland, Calif., and they couldn't help but laugh. Even though it was their first encounter, they had been linked for months, ever since it was announced in March that Browne and his Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline teammates would travel to play Bateman and Murray (Utah) Cottonwood during the 2012 high school football season.

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