Howard visited by Dabo, Harbison

Get the latest on this Auburn commitment who is contemplating a switch to Clemson.

RB D.J. Howard Profile

Coach Dabo Swinney and defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison were in Alabama tonight speaking with an Auburn commit about coming to Clemson.

CUTigers caught up with Lincoln High School running back D.J. Howard shortly after the Clemson coaches' visit concluded.

"It went real well," he said. "I had already talked to Coach Swinney during my visit. He was just down here hollering at me. My mom got a chance to know him... they got well acquainted with each other."

One of the main topics of conversation was the plan for how Howard would be used as a running back in Clemson. But it wasn't just football.

"We talked about a lot of down home things. We just had a regular conversation. They weren't trying to pressure me to come to Clemson," he said. "There was no pressure involved. It was how they would use me if I were to come."

Only one guarantee was made by Swinney and Harbison, and it wasn't playing time, but a degree.

"In the last two years, they've graduated 80 percent of their players," Howard said.

Of course, that sat well with mom.

"That's her main concern, me getting a degree," he said.

Howard remains committed to Auburn, but is thinking things over.

"I'm just trying to put things into perspective and weighing my options," he said. "Clemson is a really good school and they have a lot to offer."

Howard, who is ranked as the No. 62 safety in the nation by Scout.com, has totaled almost 3,000 rushing yards in his last two seasons of high school football.

He is expecting one more visit, from Auburn assistant coach Tommy Thigpen, later this week.

He is being recruited to Clemson as a running back.

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