Auburn Visit Seals the Deal, Prospect Says

D.J. Howard talks about why he enjoyed his official visit weekend in Auburn.

Lincoln, Ala.--D.J. Howard said that his official visit to Auburn was "phenomenal" and that he is firmly committed to playing his college football for the Auburn Tigers.

"I had a great visit," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Words can't describe how good it was."

A prospect who had been looking at Clemson and several other colleges recently, he said that he is done with the recruiting and will sign with Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers on Feb. 3rd.

"It is probably one of the best times I have ever had," he said about his weekend at Auburn hanging out with current members of the AU team as well as the recruits.

Howard also noted that he enjoyed getting to know the coaches better. "Coach Chizik and I?met Saturday night and we talked about when I get to Auburn and Auburn in general," the Lincoln High star said. "That went really well."

Freshman Dontae Aycock was Howard's player host. "We chilled with some of the other football players and recruits," Howard said. "We went out to a couple of parties and got a chance to meet most of the players I didn't meet (previously) and some of the recruits I didn't (meet previously)."

Howard pointed out that he "really connected" with some of the other Auburn commitments like Jonathan Mincy, Jawara White, Jeremy Richardson, Jake Holland and others.

Making the trip to Auburn with his mother and Lincoln coach Chad Martin, the prospect says his mom is an Auburn fan and gave the trip the motherly seal of approval. "She just wants what is best for me and right now Auburn is it," he said.

Howard said he isn't sure of his senior statistics on offense or defense,. "If I?had to estimate I?gained around 1,500 to 1,600 yards,"?he said.

The senior said that he currently is 5-11, 196 pounds." I am still trying to push it to get to 200 or 205," he said. I am going to run track in the spring to stay in shape."

Howard noted that he liked everything about the weekend including the time he spent meeting with AU academic officials. "I am interested in majoring in education," he said. "That is my strong subject.

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