"It came down to a good coaching staff," said Howard who plays at Hannahan (SC). Howard's brother currently plays for Clemson. He said that although the decision between the Tigers and Dawgs was a difficult one, he felt that the time that he would get to spend with his brother at Clemson would be limited.
"I would only be with my brother at Clemson for one year," said the prep star. So his decision was made. "I have never won a state title. I want to win a national title. Winning was a big part of my decision," he said. 'It is hard being out of state and you brother plays for Clemson." But he still picked the Dawgs.
Clemson Head Coach Tommy Bowden will visit Howard at his school Tuesday. But he says that the lead Tiger will likely not change his verbal to the Dawgs. "I am going to stay firm to my decision to go to Georgia," Howard said.
Jon Fabris has recruited Howard for Georgia and Howard explained that the fiery coach was a good recruiter. "He was cool, he never put pressure on me. We talked about life and about football," Howard said.
Howard also said that he is motivated to prove that he belongs in Athens. "I have to go and prove people wrong again about my abilities just like I did at the North-South All start game (played in Myrtle Beach, SC)," said Howard
But the main person that persuaded Howard to commit to Georgia was Richt. "I spoke with Coach Richt for 30 minutes before we ate Saturday night and I felt that I could commit to him; I felt that I could play for him. If Coach Richt wasn't the coach at Georgia I don't think that I could play for them," Howard said firmly.