'Speedy' Howard talks Tide

South Florida talent has been good to Alabama over the last few years, and the 2015 class already has multiple commitments from the fertile recruiting grounds. The Crimson Tide hosted another emerging prospect from the area over several days this weekend, and he has ties to the Crimson Tide.

With a few non BCS-level offers to his name at this point, Antonio Howard understands that he is still somewhat under the radar as a prospect.

However, he knows that bigger schools could also be the next step, so he spent Friday through Sunday this past weekend at Alabama. Seeing the school for the first time, he stayed through A-Day, the Crimson Tide's annual spring game.

"They like me at cornerback," he said. "The coaches were showing me around campus on a tour, I was meeting the players and all. It's great, a nice place."

The Miami (Fla.) Northwestern speedster, who runs track for the Bulls and has helped them to remain one of the top track programs in the country, spent considerable time with area-recruiter Mario Crisotbal on the trip.

"He said that he loves my film, he's got to show the staff to see if they might offer," Howard said. "He said I'm a lockdown corner with a lot of speed."

There's tangible evidence of the junior's burst, as he clocked a 10.76-second time in the 100-meter dash earlier this month and anchors the No. 3 4x100 meter dash team in the country.

Alabama has another two-sport star from Miami Northwestern on the roster, and Howard was able to speak to him on Saturday.

"Amari Cooper talked to me," he said. "He says to 'keep doing your thing on that track and field and stay humble.'"

After several days in Tuscaloosa, the junior cornerback admits that an offer from Alabama would be near impossible to turn down. In fact, he de-committed from local program Florida International while on the trip in what he cited as a "family decision."

"I liked everything about the weekend," Howard said. "I love it, first class everything, it feels like home. I had a great time with the football players, love the area, love the fans...

"It would be an honor and truly a blessing to play there. I would love to be coached by one of greatest coaches in football, Nick Saban. I want to play in the SEC, so if they offer all I've got to say is 'welcome to the 'Bama family.'"


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