Howton Likes Auburn Visit, Coaches

Cordova's Jake Howton talks about taking a visit to Auburn and spending time with the coaching staff.

Cordova, Ala.--A prospect who has played a significant role in three consecutive state championship game berths for Cordova, Jake Howton will have his chance to shine on offense in 2010 after playing alongside Auburn signee Ryan Smith last season and Ole Miss' Tim Simon in previous years.

Not that Howton hasn't already shown he can be a dynamic offensive weapon. A first-team All-State performer as an athlete in 2009, Howton rushed for right at 1,000 yards and added almost 900 yards passing with 25 total touchdowns.

Howton made a recent trip to Auburn to see the campus and talk with the coaching staff. After seeing what the Tigers are all about, Howton says Auburn is a place he could stand to see more of in the future.

"It was my first time ever going to Auburn," the 6-2, 175 Howton notes. "I really enjoyed it. I like Coach (Phillip) Lolley and Coach (Gene) Chizik. I basically got to meet with them the whole day. I really enjoyed it.

"The stadium is real nice," he adds. "The whole football complex, the weight room, and all the coaches are nice and love to talk to you. I loved the weight room. I met a couple of players and they were real nice. Everything down there, I enjoyed it a lot."

A quarterback last season for the Blue Devils as well as playing in the secondary, Howton has played wide receiver as well for Cordova, but says Auburn is looking at him as a safety.

"Auburn is looking at me as kind of an athlete, but they also said they kind of see me as a safety right now," Howton notes. "You never know what might happen."

If things worked out down the road Howton could be playing alongside Cordova teammate in the Auburn secondary. Just a month ago Smith signed with the Tigers as a safety and Howton said that's something that could play into things down the road.

"It means a lot," Howton says. "It's always good to have someone you know coming to a school. That way you won't be alone when you go there. When he went down on his visit he loved it. Malik (Malik Harris) came down today too with me. It means a lot for Auburn."

Still waiting for his first offer, Howton says a variety of schools are showing interest at the moment including Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and South Alabama in addition to Auburn.

"I'm just looking at those four schools," Howton points out. "I would say Auburn is right there at the top right now. I really enjoyed going down there. Coach Lolley is probably my favorite coach I've met any school so far. They're right there at the top."


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