Howard takes in The Swamp

Naquan Howard is a bit of an unknown 2015 prospect at this point, but that is likely to change sometime in the near future. The two-way star at Gainesville (Fla.) Buchholz took a couple of mile trip to The Swamp to watch the Florida Gators and the scrimmage to end spring practice. Howard came away impressed and got some encouraging word from the Florida staff.

The Florida Gators conducted their Orange and Blue Debut a couple of weeks ago and brought a host of prospects in to watch the last scrimmage of spring football in preparation for the 2014 season. Local talent Naquan Howard was on hand and saw a lot of things he liked from the Gators.

"I liked how the team is looking this year," Howard said of the Gators. "They looked pretty good defensively; the offense looked good as well. They have a lot of young kids, a lot of talent."

Howard visited for a Junior Day in March and was back again. This time around he got a little more familiar with the Florida staff. Assistants Brian White (area recruiter) and Travaris Robinson (secondary) spent some time with him.

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"After the game I talked to Coach White and Coach T-Rob," Howard said. "(T-Rob) gave me his number. The day after (the game) I called him and he talked to me and my mom and told me he wanted me to play DB."

At 6-foot and 175 pounds, Howard has the size Florida is looking for at the cornerback position and his athleticism is there as well. He believes Florida could come with an offer before too long.

"The first time I was down there he said he liked my film and I have good ball instincts," Howard said. "They like my size as well. I am not sure an offer is close, but I think about mid-summer I will get an offer."

Howard doesn't have an offer to play college football yet, but schools like Mississippi State, ECU, Georgia Southern and Florida Atlantic are coming to see him this spring. Unfortunately, an injury will keep those schools from seeing him in action during spring ball.

"Bad news about that," he said. "I just broke my foot last week at a track meet. I have a stress fracture. I will be back in the fall. I get the cast taken off on May 19, then two weeks in a boot and I start rehab."

Howard says that he does believe one program is very close to pulling the trigger on an offer to him.

"I feel like FAU is the closest to offer," he said. "Coach Cam Turner wrote to me on Facebook and told me they like my film on offense and defense. I also got a couple of hand written letters telling me they want me to come down there and see them as a staff."

Howard is a star at Buchholz on offense and defense, the Gators like him as a cornerback and although he is willing to play wherever, he prefers the defensive side of the ball. Schools are starting to take notice and we will be sure to follow him at

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