As a recruit: Tracy Howard was recruited nationally. He was one of the state's most heavily recruited players, regardless of position, as a senior at Miramar High. He took official visits to West Virginia, Florida State, Florida, USC, and Miami before announcing his commitment to the Hurricanes on National Signing Day.
As a Hurricane: Howard played in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2012, starting one of them (against Duke). He finished the season with 17 tackles and four pass breakups. He became a full-time starter as a sophomore last season and finished the season with 35 tackles and four interceptions. Howard is coming off a strong spring, where he emerged as one of the two starting cornerbacks along with Artie Burns.
What to expect: Howard showed flashes of being very good as a true freshman and then really played well as a sophomore last season. He has the necessary experience to become a true shut down corner for the Hurricanes this season. There's every reason to believe that he will emerge as one of the top cornerbacks in the ACC this season. In fact, it'd be a surprise if he and Burns didn't form one of the league's best starting corner tandems. If Howard has a prime time junior season, 2014 could be his last as a Hurricane.