Massive defensive tackle prospect Carl Howard has, for the most part, narrowed his list to just two schools…NC State and Virginia Tech. The 6-6, 280 pound Matawan (NJ) star is now able to fully compare both programs, as he made an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend. He made his official to NC State last weekend.
“Virginia Tech was really nice,” Howard said. “The most attractive thing about it is that Tech is the most popular team they have in Blacksburg. You go to the Wal-Mart and all you see are Virginia Tech jerseys. You don’t see any other local professional teams or anything like that. It’s a real college town, and I liked that about them.”
Howard felt comfortable with the coaches during the official visit, specifically Coach Wiles and Coach Beamer.
“I feel very comfortable with the coaches,” Howard said. “I really like the defensive line coach, Coach Wiles. And Coach Beamer made me feel really comfortable while I was there.”
Comparing the two finalists, Howard indicated that the environments were the primary difference.
“I think they are both great schools,” Howard said. “I’ve pretty much narrowed it to them. The difference was that NC State is more of a city-like environment. It’s near Duke and UNC. Virginia Tech is by itself. That is a good thing though, that there are really no other schools around it.”
With both visits completed, Howard will now focus on making his final decision. He is not sure when he will announce it, however he will probably not have a press conference.
“I have some serious, serious thinking to do,” Howard said. “I’ll talk about it with my family, think a lot, pray about it, and go from there.
“The biggest factors will be my relationship with the coaches and how comfortable I feel with the environment.”
Before he makes his decision, Howard talked about some positives each program has at this point.
“For Virginia Tech, I really like the coaches and the players,” Howard said. “My defensive line coach is a really good guy.
“For NC State, they probably have the best facilities in the nation. I’m talking high school, college, or pro. The facilities are great and the coaches are great. Also, I know a player who goes there named Allen Halloway. He’s a senior, and he’s from my high school and lives near me. That’s a plus on their side.”
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