DT Howard Has Two Visits Set

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Matawan’s (NJ) mammoth defensive tackle Carl Howard has set two official visits thus far – to Michigan State and Virginia Tech. He will make all five official visits before coming to a decision, and is considering four schools for the final three official visits.

“I’ve set Virginia Tech for December 12th and Michigan State for December 19th,” said the 6-6, 290 pound Howard in regards to official visits. “Those are the only ones that I have confirmed. I’m thinking about NC State, Rutgers, Miami (FL), and Pitt for my last three. I’m definitely going to take all five visits.”

All except for Miami (FL) have offered. The Hurricanes would like to see the scores from his last SAT test before deciding whether or not to offer.

Virginia Tech appears to be in good position for Howard. Three schools are ahead of the rest before he makes his official visits, however the charismatic Howard would not state who all his top three were.

“Virginia Tech is definitely one of my top three schools right now,” said Howard. “I’m not going to say who the others are, but just know Virginia Tech is one of my top three (laughs). They were one of the first schools to offer me, and they’ve been showing the best interest in me. They keep talking to me and calling me every week just to see how everything is going. And they are winning games. They win games and they beat great teams.”

Though Howard admits he has a top three, he also admits that things could change once he makes his official visits.

“I’m not really going to have any true favorites until after I take all of my official visits,” said Howard. “Those are where you can really see where it’s at with a program, and get a good feel for it.”

Atmosphere on each official visit will play a big part in Howard’s final decision.

“I’m going to make my decision on the environment, how the coaches relate to the players, and whether it’s a family atmosphere,” said Howard. “Education is important…I want to major in Business Administration. So is winning.”

On the gridiron, Howard is helping his team make a run at the state championship. Matawan, seeded number one, defeated North Plainfield 19-13 in the opening round of the Central, Group 2 state playoffs.

Howard played an excellent game in what was a team effort for the victory.

“I had ten tackles and a couple of hurries, but mainly it was a team defensive effort last week,”