One of 2003's Best Decides Early

With Signing Day coming and going just a week and a half ago, it hasn't taken long for college coaches to turn their attention to the Class of 2003. One of the top prospects in Florida and one of the nation's top defensive lineman, 6-foot-4, 296 pound David Howell of Royal Palm Beach, had already received several scholarship offers, and Tuesday he made an early decision.

"I committed to Miami earlier today," Howell told Student Sports Tuesday night.

"I liked the combination of the coaching staff and the players at Miami. Them winning the National Championship didn't really have anything to do with it."

Howell has been a two-year starter on the Royal Palm Beach defensive and offensive lines, racking up 85 tackles and 15 sacks last year in just nine games. He says he'll play defensive tackle at Miami.

"I still would like to take other trips in the fall," said Howell, "but I know I want to go to Miami."

Howell's family moved to South Florida from Jamaica before he was born and his older brother O'Neil Howell is a freshman defensive back at BYU.

Howell attended the Nike Camp in Miami a year ago after his sophomore season and was one of the top DLs at the camp despite his youth, dominating in drills and bench pressing 21 reps. He plans on attending the camp again this year.

The big man already had offers from BYU, Boston College, Penn State, Oregon and Washington. Howell carries a 3.0 GPA and would like to major in business once he enrolls at UM.

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