The 2015 recruiting class landed a big prospect in Voorhees, NJ outfielder Nicholas Browne, the ninth ranked player in New Jersey. Additionally, Browne is ranked No. 482 nationally for the 2015 high school class and the No. 86 outfielder in the class.
“I hope to start four great years down at Maryland and try to make the program better,” said Browne. “They are already at a great point, but I’d like to go in there and try to make a difference as best I can. I’m also going to try to get my business degree while I’m there.”
For Browne, his decision came down to three schools: Maryland, Duke, and Lafayette. Each of these schools showed great interest in Browne and he considered his options carefully. But, after two visits to the University of Maryland, he decided he was going to become a Terrapin.
“Maryland is playing great, high-level baseball right now. They’re on the rise. Their coaching staff is great,” Browne said. Other factors played a role in his decision as well. “The business school that I’m interested in speaks for itself. It’s a great business program. Also, the fact that the school is only about two hours away from my house also played a big part in my decision.”
The six-foot-two outfielder was first seen by Maryland and Duke at Perfect Game’s Jr. National Showcase last June in Minneapolis, Minn.
“That was great. It got me on the map and got me to where I can start to decide what schools I want to look at and where I want to go,” Browne said about his experience at the showcase. “Maryland came to see me play with Tri-State Arsenal when I went down to Fort Myers, Fla. in the fall for the Perfect Game WWBA Underclass World Championship.”
It was shortly after when Browne received his first offer, which came from the University of Maryland.
“It was awesome. It didn’t feel real at first because you dream about this stuff and you work everyday to accomplish these goals,” Browne said. “It was a relief because all my work had paid off.”
Browne said he had no problems with the recruiting process or the decision-making part of the process.
“There wasn’t a time where I was panicking or anything. I didn’t push to make a decision,” said Browne. “I just had to make sure I made the right decision for myself and my family.”
The University of Maryland is second in the ACC Atlantic Division standings, with a 15-14 conference record and 34-19 overall record. Perfect Game college baseball expert Kendall Rogers currently has Maryland in the Field of 64.
The talented outfielder gives Maryland’s 2015 recruiting class nine commits so far, including six in the Top 500. The University of Maryland’s 2015 recruiting class currently ranks 31st.