Iowa TE Getting Interest from UF

Darion Howard turned a few heads last week when he attended the Gators' football camp. The 6-4, 227-pound tight end from Cedar Falls (Iowa) is still looking for his first offer, but several schools are showing him some interest.

Can you talk about the teams that have shown interest in you at this point?

"So far Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa, Temple and Central Michigan."

Did you have any childhood favorites growing up?

"We live in Cedar Falls so we always followed the UNI Panthers, especially since my dad played there."

Who are some teams that you would like to hear more from right now in regards to the recruiting process?

"Any, I'm keeping my options open."

Who is showing you the most interest right now?

"They are all about the same."

Do you know which schools that you will visit or camp at moving forward?

"Florida, Iowa Sate, Iowa and Wisconsin."

Talk about what the most important factors are for you in picking a school?

"I want to be comfortable with the coaches, I also want to play with a good group of guys, and a school with good academics."

When would you ideally like to make your decision?

"I would like to decide before my senior season starts, so I can focus on winning a state championship."

When you were at Florida, could you see yourself playing for the Gators and why?

"I could definitely see myself playing for Florida. The coaches and the facilities were awesome."

Talk about your relationship/talks with the coaches a UF especially Urban Meyer?

"The thing I like most about coach Meyer is that he is very approachable. Coach [John] Hevesy was my first contact with Florida, he noticed my abilities on my highlight tape and he is the reason they are recruiting me. Coach McCarney used to be the head coach at Iowa State and while I was at camp he showed me a lot of attention."

What were you most impressed with about the University of Florida?

"The coaches, facilities and the winning tradition."

How do you feel that you would fit into the system that the Gators run?

"I love the spread offense, they use their receivers and they put a lot of points on the board."

How do your mom and dad feel about the Gators at this time?

"It is a long way from home but they will back my decision 100 percent."

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