Former 5-star QB transferring to Pitt


One of the nation’s top overall prospects from the 2013 recruiting class will take part in Pittsburgh’s quarterback battle this offseason.

USC transfer Max Browne, who was a 5-star recruit coming out of Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., four years ago, announced Thursday that he is Pitt-bound.

Browne, who will be eligible to play in 2017, arrived at Southern Cal as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 11 overall prospect in his class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. After redshirting in 2013, he served primarily as a backup over the last three seasons but started three games for the Trojans this fall. The 6-5, 220-pounder is 69-of-112 in his career for 650 yards and two touchdowns (with two interceptions).

Pitt will graduate two-year starter Nate Peterman after its Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Northwestern on Dec. 28. Browne will join a quarterback race that will include soon-to-be sophomore Ben DiNucci and currently redshirting freshman Thomas MacVittie. According to, sophomore Bo Schneider — who is sitting out this season as a transfer from UCF — might leave the program.