Matawan (NJ) defensive tackle prospect Carl Howard is down to just four schools, and has two official visits remaining before he will make his decision. The four programs he will choose from include Rutgers, Maryland, NC State, and Virginia Tech.
“Yeah, these are my final four,” Howard said. “These are the schools that I had the best relationships with. I’ll definitely know which one I like the best after I take the rest of my official visits. I’ve been to Rutgers and Maryland already and I go to NC State on January 16th and Virginia Tech on January 23rd. Virginia Tech is my last visit.”
Howard, who earned first-team all-Shore honors at the defensive tackle position, is being recruited by all four schools to play defensive tackle. He was impressed with his first two official visits and looks forward to making his final two next month.
“Maryland and Rutgers were both basically pretty good,” Howard said. “I thought Maryland was pretty good. The best part was seeing a practice. I like how they have up-beat practices. They go up-tempo, and I liked it. Rutgers actually surprised me a lot. It was outstanding with how they coordinated the entire visit. I like what they are doing right now to turn the program around.”
Virginia Tech is being led by Kevin Rogers, Howard’s primary recruiter. Howard also likes Tech’s winning tradition that has been developed over the past decade or so.
“I like all of the Virginia Tech coaches, especially Coach Rogers who is my main recruiter,” Howard said. “He doesn’t sugarcoat anything…he just tells it like it is, and I like that. I know they would work me to my limits, and that’s what I need right now. One thing about Virginia Tech is there is no question that they are a great team. Historically, they have proven that.”
Academically, Howard needs around 50 points on his SAT to fully qualify. He is confident he will reach the mark. He is not sure when or how he will make a decision, indicating he may likely not have any kind of announcement or press conference.
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