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Florida has their quarterback in the Class of 2022 and his name is Max Brown.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma, product is a dual-sport athlete (football and baseball) who was responsible for 4,000-plus yards and 61 total touchdowns in his senior season.
Inside the Gators got to know the multi-sport athlete in this edition of Getting to Know.
It was a quick turnaround from visiting to committing, what convinced you Florida was the best place for you?
“Just being around the and staff and their environment and the plans they have for the future, for the culture that they've been around for their time coaching. And it's just a great place to be, with great people, great coaching staff. And I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.”
What’s your relationship with the coaching staff like? Who made the biggest impressions?
“I was around coach [Ryan] O'Hara a lot of the time and coach [Billy] Napier. We all kind of chopped it up and had a great time with me and my family and played games, ate together. We enjoyed the entire process. So, it was kind of a great experience for me and my family.”
The weekend you visited produced a decent amount of Florida signees. Who do you look forward to getting to know and playing with on Saturdays?
“Shemar James. Basically everybody. Andrew Savaiinaea, Hayden Hansen, Caleb Douglas, a bunch of great names. I can’t wait to get down there with the boys and get to work.”
When you get down here, you’re walking into quite the quarterback room. What are you looking to learn from that group?
“Just to get to compete together and work together with each other each and every day. We're all learning the new offense of Napier and his staff. So, we're all gonna be coming in and feeding off each other. So, I'm excited to get to work with all the guys and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
If you could describe your play in one word, what would it be?
So, you’re a baseball player too, how do those skills translate to your play on the field?
“Really just making a lot of off-platform throws and a lot different arm angles and different footing. Being able to work through windows and anticipation with the ball is huge. That’s a blast that I get from playing baseball, really.”
You’re going into your senior season of baseball. What are some of the emotions going through that before you come to UF?
“Just enjoying being around my friends and the coaches. Just being a kid and a high school kid. So, it's a lot of fun. So far, we have opening day coming up on Tuesday. I'm excited to get it started and get it going.”
What got you into football?
“I've been around football all my whole life. My dad played the NFL with the 49ers and the Falcons when I was very young. It’s always been a football family.
“I've always played soccer going up until my fifth-grade year, and I basically told my dad that it's done. I'm playing football. So, I made the transition into football.
“When I came into it my sixth-grade year playing quarterback, my dad sat me down and he was like, ‘This is the real deal. You’re, the guy. The ball is going to be in your hands, every single play.’
“I'm ready for that. That's what I want. That's what I played for it.”
Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
“I just kinda like quiet time before football games. Just have a period of where I can just think and imagine what I'm going to do in the game.”
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What are you looking forward to in college outside of football?
“Just relationships with my friends and coaches really, and just growing and developing as, not just a football player, but as a man. Those are the biggest things I'm looking for at the program.
Living in Oklahoma, what are you looking forward to in the state of Florida?
“First off, really the weather. I've been inside for five days in a snowstorm down here, but just the environment of the whole Gator fan base. There's nothing like it. And I can't wait to get out there and play in the Swamp. So, I'm excited.”
What do you look for in a good roommate?
“Keep it clean and we'll both be all right.”
Who has been the biggest role model for you in your life? Why?
“I would say my dad. He's the man I strive to be. I see what he does with me and my family and my brother and sister and how he raises me and them. And I want nothing less than that. That's what I want.”
You’re given the AUX cord for the locker room, what is the go-to song you’re playing?
“It’s got to be ‘Dreams and Nightmares [by Meek Mill]’”
What are three things on your bucket list?
“I want to win a National Championship first, then get my degree and play in the NFL.”
If you could have dinner with three people from any point in history, who would they be?
“LeBron James. That’s pretty self-explanatory. You got to want to eat with LeBron.”
“Drake for his artist standpoint and business side of things.”
“Russell Wilson. Just kind of what it takes to be a quarterback and a well-known face at the next level.”
What meal are you having at this dinner?
“Got to be chicken parmesan, for sure.”
Is Wilson a quarterback you see your game in? Who resembles your style?
“There are so many good quarterbacks in the league right now. Probably a mix between more of an Aaron Rodgers being able to make the off platforms type throws on the run and my running probably a little bit closer to Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen type running style.”
What TV show are you binging right now?
“I go back and watch a lot of the QB1 on Netflix. I've seen it multiple times, but I'll go back and rewatch Game of Thrones all the way through.”
What would be your first purchase if you got drafted to the NFL?
“Probably a company. I'll start a business with my money. I’ll let my money work.”
What is one item that you cannot live without it?
“Got to be my car. I got to be able to get places.”
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
“Graduate from college and play in the NFL, and if not, starting my own company.”
What is one thing about you that the Gator Nation would be surprised to find out about you?
“That I can actually draw. I can actually really draw. Not a lot of people, people will know that about me, but I actually really like to draw I'll draw a lot on my free time.”
What do you draw?
“I’ll do landscaping. Pretty much everything. I’ll draw characters from shows and cartoons and stuff like that.”
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
“I just can't wait to get up there with the guys and get to work and play in front of Gator Nation. I'm excited to get down in the Swamp.”