DL Loved Miami's Performance

This standout defensive lineman received recruiting calls from both Miami and Florida this past week. However, he has a message for the Gators and it's very positive for the Hurricanes, the school he plans on signing with in February. He talked about that and also how well he did in the team's season opener last week.

At 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, Royal Palm Beach, Fla. standout tight end/defensive end Dave Howell saw his team get off to a rough start by dropping the season opener to Glades Central last week by the score of 17-0.

"It was actually pretty close," Howell said. "It was 7-0 into the fourth quarter and they scored 10 late. Our defense was strong but our offense would crumble everytime we got into their territory. We have some work to do but Glades is a great team."

Howell, a full academic qualifier, played tight end and defensive end for the first time in his prep career.

"I really had fun," he said. "On defense, I had nine tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery. At defensive end, I can cover the field much better and they can't double team me or chop block me like they always do when I'm at tackle."

So what about catching balls at tight end?

"They said not yet," he said laughing. "My time will come though."

In the meantime, college coaches aren't waiting to continue recruiting Howell.

"I've gotten some calls," he said. "I talked to Miami and Florida and also missed some. I talked to Jeff Merk and then Greg Mark. Coach Mark was asking me about my game and then just started talking about stuff in general. Florida just told me they'll be calling me every week trying to change my mind."

So what kind of chances do the Gators have?

"They can try," he said. "But I'm strictly Miami right now. That's where I plan on going. I'll take my visit there after the season, probably in December."

Howell had the chance to take in the Florida/Miami game last Saturday.

"Miami played outstanding," he said. "They can get even better and that's scary. The thing with Miami is the competition level. That's what I like. That's why they're so good. Everyone has to compete. I want to go in and really go at it for playing time. I'm not going to worry about others coming in, I just have to earn my playing time."

Howell and his team will take on Palm Beach Gardens on Friday night.

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