Virginia Tech received a big commitment last night from one of the top prospects in the state of New Jersey, when 6-6, 280 pound Matawan High School (NJ) defensive tackle prospect Carl Howard verbally committed to the Hokies.
“I committed last night to Virginia Tech,” Howard said. “It was a tough decision, but I just went where my heart told me to go. I’m really excited to make this decision, and I’m looking forward to getting down there with my new family.”
Tech Defensive Line coach Charley Wiles played a big part in landing the New Jersey standout.
“There were a lot of reasons why I chose Virginia Tech,” Howard said. “A big one was the effort the coaches made to get me. Coach [Charley] Wiles came up here just to talk to me, and that meant a lot. I talked to him a lot, which was great because he’s the coach I’m going to be working with. They proved to me that I was one of their top priorities, and that meant a lot when it came down to it.”
Very athletic, Howard runs a 4.8 in the 40 yard dash. He could compete for early playing time at Virginia Tech, although he would not mind red-shirting as well.
“I’m just going to go with the flow,” Howard said. “If I play well in August, then I could challenge for early playing time. If I need to red-shirt, that’s not a bad thing either. Either way presents good opportunities for me.”
In the end, Howard chose Virginia Tech over NC State. He also had offers from a number of other Division I-A programs including Maryland, Rutgers, and Michigan State. He becomes the 17th commitment for the 2004 class. Academically, Howard says he has already qualified. He wants to major in Business Management.
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