Howard, a late blooming prospect, travelled to Louisville with his mother and grandmother and all three came away impressed.
"I actually committed on Saturday," Howard said. "They're a growing program and I wanted to be a part of a program that competes for a national championship. They have a real good school and I decided that it was the school for me."
Howard also had a scholarship offer from Troy State and was receiving considerable interest from Georgia Tech, Auburn and Ole Miss. However, Howard said he's decision to attend Louisville was firm. "I'm committed to Louisville and I don't plan to take anymore visits," Howard said.
On his visit, Howard attended the U of L - UK basketball game and attended one of Coach Petrino's practices Sunday morning before heading home with his family. "It was a little disappointing, but the atmosphere was exciting," Howard said of Saturday's basketball game. "I also liked the football practice. The coaches are hands on and I liked the intensity of practice."
Howard said U of L recruited him to play weakside offensive tackle, a position his size and quickness should help him to excel.
"My pass blocking is my biggest strength," said Howard. "I have good footwork and quickness, get good position and use good techniques."
And with four senior starters on the offensive line next season, Howard said the chance for playing time early in his career was also very appealing. "That was a big factor," Howard said.