Howard Takes Second Look At Auburn

One of the top backs in Alabama talks about his unofficial visit to Auburn on Sunday.

Lincoln, Ala.--Spring has always been evaluation time for college football coaches as they have a chance to go on the road and see prospects in action at practice and check out junior film in preparation for the summer camp circuit. Lately the tables have been reversed though as players from all over the country have taken to their cars and hit the road to check out their favorite programs up close and personal.

One of those players is talented running back D.J. Howard. Already a visitor to Auburn for last month's Junior Day, Howard made another trip down to the Plains on Sunday and says he enjoyed getting a chance to talk to the coaches and see them in action on the field for a practice.

"It went real good," Howard says. "I got a chance to talk to coach Thig (Tommy Thigpen), coach (Curtis Luper) and coach (Gene) Chizik some more. They filled me in on how things are going to be down there. I'm starting to go down there more so I can get the feel of everything. It went pretty good.

"The more and more I come, the more I get interested in them," he adds. "They had some very good running backs that are fast. They are involved with the plays."

With two trips in the books to Auburn, Howard notes that he's getting a very good feeling from the Tigers, the coaching staff, campus and everything about the program.

"It's wonderful, terrific," Howard say. "It's somewhere I love. I love it."

Being recruited as a running back by the Tigers, Howard says that he spent a lot of time with Thigpen on Sunday and even listened in on a defensive back meeting. While he's athletic enough to play either side of the ball, he says his heart is on offense at least for the moment.

"It went real good, but I'm a running back," Howard says. "They are recruiting me as a running back and that's what I want to play, but it doesn't matter."

Currently Howard says he has offers from Kentucky and Arkansas. The Wildcats signed teammate Jonathan George last season so that could make them a factor, but Howard says he's also hearing from several more schools in addition to Auburn and Alabama.

"Tennessee seems real interested," Howard notes. "There are a lot of other schools."

Howard says he doesn't have any other spring practice visits scheduled at the moment. His Lincoln team will take part in a jamboree at Oxford High School on May 23.

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