Speedy Back Takes In Junior Day At Auburn

One of the fastest players in Alabama talks about his visit to Auburn on Saturday.

Lincoln, Ala.--One of the most dynamic players in Alabama for the 2010 class took a visit to Auburn for Saturday's junior day and says the Tigers are definitely on his radar after his trip.

Speedy D.J. Howard already has several scholarship offers and says that he believes one from Auburn could be coming soon after meeting coach Gene Chizik and his staff on his visit.

"It was real fun," the 6-0, 190 Howard says. "I had a chance to talk to the running back coach (Curtis Luper) and Coach Chizik. I learned a lot about Auburn and had a real good time.

"They told me to work hard and get better and stronger," he adds. "They told me to stay in the books and become a better person. We didn't talk about an offer yet, but they said they liked my film a lot and how I run. They are real interested."

Meeting with Luper and using the visit to get a better feel for Auburn's coaching staff, Howard says that the Tigers made a move up his list after Saturday's time spent on the Plains.

"It was real good," Howard says. "It made me that much more interested in Auburn. At first I didn't know that much about them. I wasn't sure if I wanted to come, but now there's a big possibility I'll come play."

Something else in Auburn's favor is the offense being installed by Gus Malzahn and the Tigers. Spreading the field, up-tempo, but with a strong emphasis on running the ball, Howard says it has everything a back is looking for in an offensive system.

"I didn't get a chance to talk to him, but in a meeting he said they were going to get the running backs the ball," Howard says. "They play a big role in what he's doing. That sounds good. The offense is real exciting. It's going to give the running backs to do what they do best."

A breakaway threat at the running back position, Howard has been clocked under 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and has a personal-best time of 10.8 seconds in the 100 meters. That speed has schools from all over taking a long look at the speedster.

"I have offers from Arkansas and Kentucky," Howard says. "I'm also hearing from Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, Oregon, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and a few others."

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