GatorInThePuppyState:: Jerry, how big of a recruiter for the Gators are you going to be now that you are commited to coming to UF?
Jerry Howard:: "You know I'm trying to persuade a lot of people. My goal is to be a good recruiter."
GracieGator:: Who have you spoken with so far as far as other 07 recruits go?
Jerry Howard:: "I talk to Ian Williams a lot."
gatorpj:: Jerry, congrats on being the first commit for this class. What made you decide to pull the trigger early?
Jerry Howard:: "Umm.. When I went up there to the spring game I fell in love with campus and atmosphere. I also like the school because I want to major in business."
bomber2525:: Jerry do you know any of the other dline recruits for UF like McCray, Davis, and Williams?
Jerry Howard:: "The only other one I know is Ian Williams."
Island8tor:: Jerry, what position are you going to play?
Jerry Howard:: "I will play defensive end. The FOX position."
Jerry Howard:: "That's the same spot Jarvis Moss plays."
bomber2525:: What other schools where you interested in?
Jerry Howard:: "That's been coming up in discussion but I wont know if I can graduate early until this summer."
three99:: JH did you tell everyone in your barbershop you was a gator and do you see Lo Edwards there
Jerry Howard:: "Everybody in the barbershop is Gator fans so I let them know."
HotlantaBill:: Jerry...what player do you model yourself after? Do you have somebody you looked up to growing up?
Jerry Howard:: "Umm. I'd have to say Mario Williams. I love his explosiveness off the ball. He really comes off hard."
justinriney:: Jerry playing basketball in high school...what were you thinking when we won that national title?
Jerry Howard:: "If they can do it in basketball, they can do it in football. That's the first thing that went through my mind."
BlueChip12:: Jerry, is it true that you've never watched the Gators play in The Swamp?
Jerry Howard:: "No I haven't made it up to a game yet. I'm really looking forward to doing that on my official visit."
DieAGator:: Jerry, are you really 230 right now and do you see yourself growing into a DT some day?
Jerry Howard:: "Right now I'm 240lbs and I really dont see myself as a defensive tackle."
Island8tor:: Jerry, what weight will you play at? What do you weigh now?
Jerry Howard:: "I'd like to play at around 260lbs if I can"
GatorRyan:: Jerry, are other schools still calling and do you expect them to keep recruiting you?
Jerry Howard:: "Aw man they are calling like crazy. FSU always tells me it's not over until signing day."
justinriney:: Jerry, how quick are you? You've obviously got some speed if they want you at fox...any up-to-date 40's?
Jerry Howard:: "I run a 4.6... I think I'm pretty quick."
BlueChip12:: Jerry, I hear you're a best in the weight room. Any idea how many times you can rep 185 lbs?
Jerry Howard:: "I can rep 185 about 35 times. My max is 315"
GatorInThePuppyState:: Jerry, so you have talked to Ian a lot, how confident are you that he will be playing beside you in the orange and blue?
Jerry Howard:: "I'm not gonna put Ian out there like that, but I think there's a pretty good chance."
Solari:: Whats your most memorable moment in your recruitment?
Jerry Howard:: "So far it's been the experience of being with the head coach one on one. They usually don't recruit defensive players by themselves."
DieAGator:: Who recruited you Jerry?
Jerry Howard:: "Coach Meyer personally recruited me. He came down the day before signing day to my school."
justinriney:: Jerry how do you expect the adjustment to go from linebacker? Do you see yourself playing at End a lot this year because of your early decision?
Jerry Howard:: "With playing LB, I think Im going to have an edge because the FOX moves back to linebacker sometimes and plays the slot. That will give me an advantage."
cbreezeinsider:: Jerry, who is the best OL you have gone up against so far?
Island8tor:: Jerry, will you make it to the O&B game?
Jerry Howard:: "Yes hopefully I will be at spring game/."
BlueChip12:: Jerry, I read that Eric Sledge is your cousin. Did he influence your decision in choosing UF?
Jerry Howard:: "Not really. It was on me. Eric did talk to me about the situation but he didnt influence me."
bomber2525:: Jerry how do you think your high school will do this year?
Jerry Howard:: "Right now I think we'll be pretty good. We should have a good season."
Solari:: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself personally? I.e. things you like to do, wathc, etc.
Jerry Howard:: "I like to watch the Fresh Prince of Bel Air and I love macaroni and cheese. With my free time I like the movies and I live in the weight room."
DieAGator:: Jerry, what are you focused on physically and academically for your senior season in preparation to attend UF?
Jerry Howard:: "I am completely focused on my responsibilities."
FrankGator627:: What sold you on UF, the coaches or did the university sold itself ?
Jerry Howard:: "It's close to my home. I love the campus and the coaches seem pretty good. They also have my business major. I'll also have a good chance to compete for a starting position/"
justinriney:: Jerry, are you doing any recruiting for UF yet? MajorGator:: and who are you recruiting?
Solari:: Do you have a nickname on the field?
Jerry Howard:: "They call me Manchild. I got that name last year after a game against Evans when I had 15 solos"
justinriney:: Jerry, how close are you with your family? was the decision to stay close to home a big influence? who can we expect to be here in Gville for the games?
Jerry Howard:: "Yes it was because I want my parents to come watch me play every weeke nd. I think it's a good decision. All my coaches will come watch me, my cousins, friends.. just everybody."
FrankGator627:: Enrolling early means you would have to miss out on defending the state basketball title, how much will that weigh in your decision to enroll early ?
Jerry Howard:: "You know what? I won one this year so that really doesn't matter. I would like to play one more year for my dad though."
DLOMAN:: JERRY HOW DO U DESCRIBE YOUR PLAYING ABILITY
Jerry Howard:: "My playing ability.. I'm not one to brag so I'll just leave it to the film. That says it all."
cbreezeinsider:: Jerry what would be your dream ride, old style like a duece and quarter, or something a little more sporty like a Porshe
Jerry Howard:: "I would have to say one of those Mercedes Maybach's"
theorangebluewinagain:: Who do you think you think your game most emulates
Jerry Howard:: "Right now I'd have to say I'm a little like Jevon Kearse"
justinriney:: Have you experienced any negative recruiting?
Jerry Howard:: "Not yet. I had a few colleges asking me if thats my final decision but it hasn't been real bad. I guess they feel they still have a chance since signing day hasn't come yet/"
faulk18:: YOu've seen Moss practice in person, you have the speed and size like him, what do think about him, and following in his shoes????
Jerry Howard:: "You cant get better than Jarvis. He's probably going to be a first round pick next year. Im just going to try and fill his shoes the best I can."
FrankGator627:: DLO and Jerry, Who gets the first sack between you two ?
Jerry Howard:: "I haven't heard too much about D'Angelo. I heard he's a good player and I'm not scared of competition. I'm just glad he's joining the squad."
justinriney:: Jerry, will you be up here a lot this summer? What are your plans?
Jerry Howard:: "This summer I will definitely try to be in Gainesville. I just want to keep attending camps and get better."
GatorRyan:: Jerry how does it feel to start the avalanche for UF recruiting?
Jerry Howard:: "Well you know it feels good. It took a lot of pressure off of me. I'm just focused on schoolwork."
HotlantaBill:: Jerry...since i always seem to have trouble when im down there...whats the best BBQ in o-town area?
Jerry Howard:: "Best barbeque in Orlando hmm.. I'd have to say Oh BOy's"
cbreezeinsider:: OK Jerry, a very serious question, do you like your Bar B Que to be pork or beef?
Jerry Howard:: "Got to be pork."
bomber2525:: Jerry do you feel like UF can haul the best dline recruiting class in the country especially with you and McCray on board already?
Jerry Howard:: "Oh yes it's looking like that. We've got D'Angelo right now and hopefully we can get Ian. It doesn't get any better than that."
Solari:: What are your dreams outside of football - you said you want to be a business major. What would you like to do in that area?
Jerry Howard:: "I'd like to start my own corporation and expand national."
Jerry Howard:: "I loved how the basketball team faced adversity in full stride. They said UCLA was too physical but they proved everyone wrong."
Jerry Howard:: "Gator fans, see you in the Swamp!"
Ryan Jordan:: I'd like to spend a special thank you to Jerry Howard for joining us this evening, as well as to all those who submitted questions!