Howard Flips to Herd

Antonio Howard committed to West Virginia early on in the season. The three star corner back was all set to go to the school where his dad played his college football.

Last weekend, however, Howard decided that he wanted to visit Marshall. He had an offer from Marshall head coach Doc Holliday and we wanted to check it out and see how things were. Shortly after leaving from his official visit to Huntington, Howard announced that he was decommitting from West Virginia.

Herdhaven caught up with Howard for a one on one interview to discuss his recruitment.

“I just felt more comfortable,” Howard said, “Coach Holliday is more than a football coach, he is like a father. He doesn’t just want you to play football, he wants to make sure you get your education before you leave school.”

“Coach Holliday coached my dad (Wide Receiver Antonio Brown) while he was at West Virginia."

Being around familiar faces was clearly another important thing that led Howard to commit to the Herd, “I know so many players at Marshall that are from Florida. I either know them, or played with them, or played against them. I played with a lot of them in 7 on 7 games throughout the years."

Howard really liked the town, and he liked campus. He enjoyed hanging out with many players that he had already known. Chris Williams Hall and A.J. Leggett were two guys that he really got to hang out with on his official visit.

Howard visited campus with his brother Simino Walden. Before they left, they both had offers. Both players eventually committed to play for the Herd.

The commitment of the 5’11”, 174 pound defensive back helped to push the Herd to number one in CUSA in regards to commitments up to this point.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven throughout the morning as we relay all recruiting information as it comes in.

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