Will Marcus Howard Commit to the Dawgs?

You've already read the reports and you've heard that Hanahan linebacker Marcus Howard is now clearly favoring the Georgia Bulldogs. Will South Carolina's top linebacker leave his home state and his brother behind for green pastures? We've got the scoop inside.

Marcus Howard spent his weekend in Athens and by all accounts, he had a phenomenal time.

"You know, I spent most of my time with Coach Richt, and he was really emphasizing that I'd have the chance to compete for a national championship there," said Howard. "He said that if I come in a work hard, I could play early, which would be nice too."

Howard, who was named the defensive MVP of the North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach last December, will now take a few days to think over his potential decision.

"I'm probably going to have an in-home visit with Coach Burns this week because Clemson was the first school to offer me, and I owe it to them," said Howard. "But right now, it looks like Georgia for me. I'm heavily favoring Georgia."

Howard will be set to announce his decision on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week after wrapping up all of his official visits.

"I need to think about this for a few days and talk to my family about it. I already talked to my brother yesterday and this morning and he said he wants me to do whatever makes me happy, even if that means going to Georgia," said Howard.

Howard was completely straight forward in his announcement that Georgia was his favorite, and based on the fact that he's already spoken with his brother about the Dawgs, it appears as though Howard truly is leaning towards playing the SEC.

"I like their defense and I know I could step in and make a difference if I work hard. Like I said before, I really didn't go out and do a whole in Athens, I just spent most of time talking with Coach Richt and my position coach," added Howard.

One thing that is important to note here is that Marcus is still considering the Tigers and he will still allow for an in-home visit from the Clemson coaching staff this week.

In other words, even though all information released today on Marcus Howard looks bad from a Clemson perspective, all is not lost. Crestwood linebacker Maurice Nelson continues to remain in close contact with Howard, as do several other Clemson verbal commitments and he still has to tell his brother that he's definitely going to Georgia if that's what he decides.

We'll know for sure, one way or another, by mid-week, but this one is far from over. Very far.

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