Darion Howard Visits Iowa City

Cedar Falls tight end prospect Darion Howard (6-4/225) took in Iowa's game against Iowa State this past weekend, and he had a chance to see Iowa utilize their tight end packages in a big way. Read about his visit as well as his timetable for a decision.

Cedar Falls tight end prospect Darion Howard took in Iowa's game against Iowa State this past weekend, and he had a chance to see Iowa utilize their tight end packages in a big way.

The Hawkeyes used three tight sets and numerous two tight end sets, and Allen Reisner was Iowa's leading receiver.

Those facts have not gone unnoticed by Howard.

"I was down on the field before the game, watching both teams warm up, since they are both recruiting me," Howard said. "I watched both teams work out with their tight ends. I really liked how Iowa uses their tight ends quite a bit, because I consider myself to be a receiving tight end and Iowa definitely does that. They are almost like their number one option at times.

Howard's visit included breakfast with the players, a walk through the Kinnick Stadium parking lots, and a first hand pregame view.

"I really liked being down on the field, amongst the team. We stayed for the game and were going to go into the locker room after the game, but we had to leave so I didn't make it in there."

Though he lives in Cedar Falls, Howard says he does not have a rooting interest for either the Cyclones or Hawkeyes: "My dad went to UNI, so I never grew up cheering for one team or the other."

Howard says he is "hearing a lot from Iowa, Iowa State, Florida and I am going to send some film out to Nebraska here very soon, because they are showing some interest."

Howard says he is 6-4, 225-pounds, ‘But I will bulk up a lot once I get to college." He is reporting scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Temple and Iowa State.

"I plan on taking an official visit here pretty soon to Iowa State, and I will go over there with Josh Lenz (ISU WR commit from Dubuque). He and I are pretty good buddies."

Howard doesn't fashion himself after any players in the college game or in the pros.

"I can't really think of anyone to compare myself to, because I feel like I have my own style. I just really like to go out there and catch balls."

Howard doesn't have any plans to make any quick or rash commitments, as he wants it to be final once he settles on a school.

"I think I might ride things out for a while, and take my official visits. I want to make sure that when I make my decision, it's not on the right one for me, but that's it."

Iowa has six verbal commitments in their Class of 2009, and previous interviews with Recruiting Coordinator Eric Johnson have placed Iowa's total class size between 12 and 15 players.


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