Tigers Making An Impression On Howard

Lincoln High football star D.J. Howard talks about his recent visits to the Auburn campus.

Lincoln, Ala.--One of the top athletes in Alabama for the 2010 class, speedy D.J. Howard picked up an offer from the Auburn Tigers last week, an exciting week for the 5-11, 195-pounder from Lincoln High School.

"It was the highlight of my day when Coach (Keith) Howard called and told me they had offered," Howard tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It was something I had been waiting on for a long time. I was proud to get the offer."

The most recent offer added to what is becoming a strong list for the Golden Bears' standout. It's no wonder considering the type of athlete Howard is. In addition to his exploits on the football field, he won the long jump at the state track meet, finished second in both the shot put and 200 meters, and fifth in the 100 meters.

With plenty of opportunities on the next level awaiting him, Howard says at the moment he has a short list of favorites heading into the summer and his senior season at Lincoln.

"I have offers from Auburn, Clemson, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State and a few more smaller schools," Howard says. "Auburn is in the top three. I have been waiting on Alabama to see what they're going to do. My top three is Auburn, Alabama and Clemson."

Playing mostly tailback in high school, Howard is getting looks as a defensive back by schools wanting to look at him on defense on the next level. He says at the moment that's what he's hearing from Auburn, but he's not sure where he would end up.

"I really don't know," Howard says. "Coach Thig (Tommy Thigpen) asked me how I would feel about playing safety. It really doesn't matter to me. I just want an opportunity."

Getting the offer, Howard and his coach made a trip to Auburn on Friday for an unofficial visit to check out the Tigers. Howard has now made several trips to the Plains in recent months, something he says is helping him feel more comfortable with Auburn and the entire coaching staff with every passing day.

"Coach Chizik and all the coaches seem like they are very interested and I'm also interested in going to Auburn," Howard says. "It seems like a very family atmosphere. I could see myself playing there. I think it would benefit me a lot as far as the education and playing there as well.

"All of them are wonderful guys," Howard adds. "They are easy to talk to. They are very friendly and upfront. They are straightforward with you. They are really nice guys and I like them. Auburn has grown on me a lot. I have been going down there since last year. I have been there so many times, every time I go I get more attached."

Another sign of his interest in the Tigers is that he returned to the Auburn on Wednesday with his mother to show her the campus and let her spend time with the coaches. "It was a good visit," he says.

Howard and his teammates just finished a team passing camp competition in Montgomery. "We did pretty well," he says. "Our record was 6-2."

The Lincoln High standout says he expects to play both ways as a senior. "I will be at tailback and safety," he says. "I am looking forward to the season. I think we are going to have a good team."

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