DL Preparing for Life as a Cane

This standout defensive lineman is preparing for life as a Hurricane. He talked about that and his in-home visit with Greg Mark this week.

At 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds, Royal Palm Beach, Fla. standout defensive tackle Dave Howell received an in-home visit from Miami one day after the Hurricanes clinched a berth in the Fiesta Bowl.

"Coach Mark came by the house on Sunday," Howell said. "I didn't get a chance to go to the game on Saturday so we talked about that and some other stuff. We talked about my future and whether or not I can play early and that kind of stuff since they're losing some guys."

So will Howell be able to receive early playing time?

"He told me that'll be totally up to me," he said. "It'll be up to me in the way I perform and the way I work. If I work hard enough, I can play. He said that's how it is for everyone. He said the earlier I can come in next summer, the better chance I'll have of playing early."

Howell, a full academic qualifier, is now getting prepared to play in the Cali-Florida all-star game.

"That'll be fun because it'll show me where I stand with the rest of the top guys," he said. "Hopefully there will be lots of competition."

The standout defensive lineman said only one other school has offered an official visit since his commitment to the Hurricanes.

"I was supposed to set a date with Florida but I haven't heard from them in awhile," he said. "I guess they knew I was going to Miami. My visit to Miami is on January 24."

Howell said he'll be rooting for the Hurricanes in the national championship game.

"It's their second straight," he said. "They've enjoyed lots of success and I don't see it slowing down. Hopefully I'll be part of another great recruiting class."

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