O.J. Howard talks Tide and more

O.J. Howard, tight end from Prattville-Autauga Academy, Ala., is one of the top prospects in the country in the class of 2013. The Tide commitment attended Alabama's National Championship celebration this past weekend. He talked about the trip to Tuscaloosa and interest he has in another school.

"The visit to Alabama was great like always," said O.J. Howard. "This time it was more special because I got to see the guys hold up the championship trophy and experience the fans who were there for the celebration.

"There was a lot of people there for the celebration. It was a good crowd. The best thing about it was all the fans were cheering like they were at a game. They were showing highlights on the Jumbotron. It got all the fans excited."

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete enjoyed meeting Alabama's new offensive coordinator, Doug Nussmeier.

"The coach I really got to spend some time with with coach Nussmeier," Howard said. "It was my first time meeting him. I look forward to working in his offense. He was joking around with me. He made a real good impression.

"He told me he really likes my size as a tight end. He said he can see me running the fly route down the middle. Playing tight end is something I have never done before. I will need to get used to it. I feel like tight end is my best position for the future."

Howard predicted Alabama to win the BCS National Championship against LSU. He was impressed with the style in which the Tide played an almost complete game.

"I can tell you I knew they were going to win," Howard said. "I didn't think they would win it like that. The defense really stepped up. They had one penalty the entire game. Coach Saban had them ready. They were very disciplined. We came out ready to play. We should have won the first time."

Auburn University was the first to offer Howard a scholarship, and they continue to show heavy interest. He visited during the season and plans to attend their Junior Day.

"I am hearing from Auburn a lot," he said. "They really want me. They call my coach a lot. They had a Junior Day this past weekend, but I couldn't attend because I was already going to Alabama's championship celebration. They have another Junior Day in February I will attend.

'I go up to Auburn sometimes. I went to a couple of games. The coaches are great. I like coach Chizik, coach Boulware and coach Trooper Taylor. They are funny and like to have fun. Auburn is a great school, but Alabama is where my heart is at though. That is why I am committed to them."

Howard will return to Alabama this weekend for their first Junior Day. He begins baseball practice February 13th and expects to play center field this year.

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