"The campus is nice and I got to see all the lifting facilities and stuff for the football teams," said Howard. "We also watched the Michigan State and Michigan basketball game. It was lively. Everyone was involved in the game and plus the fact that they won. Everybody was a part of the game. The student section, everybody."
During his time at Michigan, one of the high points of Howard's trip was the time he spent with members of the Michigan coaching staff. According to Howard, the sense of familiarity that he experienced was unlike any he had expected to receive on his trip to Michigan.
"That went real smooth," said Howard. "I got there at night then in the morning I met the coaches. They are all nice and friendly. I felt like I knew them before even though it was the first time I had met them."
The conversation that Howard held with the Michigan staff helped to solidify several qualities that could be perceived as attractive for the standout 2016 wide receiver. Among the selling points discussed were the educational benefits that are afforded to Michigan student athletes.
"The tradition is great and it's one of the best in the country," said Howard. "Their academics are very important and I want to be successful regardless of if a sport is my career. If you go to Michigan, you will be successful regardless. As of right now I'm not positive, but I want to get into the Science field."
Wherever he decides to play collegiate football at, Howard will have a collection of options before him. The 6-foot-5, 175 pound wide receiver sports an offer from UMASS and has heard from Penn State, Toledo, Michigan, Temple, Pitt and West Virginia recently. Howard is adding more schools to this list on a regular basis.
Howard will have almost two years before he decides his future college and even longer to pick a major. The task at hand for Aidan, though, is to improve on Gateway's 2013 season in the years to come.
As a sophomore on one of the standout teams in Pennsylvania, Howard did all he could to ensure a deep playoff run last year. However, the Gators suffered a 27-21 loss to Central Catholic in the 2nd round of the playoffs.
"Last year was good," said Howard. "I felt like we could have gone farther as a team in the playoffs and done bigger things, but overall it was a good year. On a personal note I did good as a sophomore. I could have done more if I had more opportunity to."
Due to the leadership provided by multiple Division-1 caliber football players, Howard was comfortable in his role as he was surrounded by veterans on both sides of the ball. Without the security blanket of experienced players to carry the load, Howard will take the lessons learned and apply them in subsequent seasons.
"It was a great experience," said Howard. "They taught us what we need to do to make it to the next level. They helped us take steps this summer and showed us the work ethic. It was a great experience to be around top level players. Our sophomore class is all focused and determined to be leaders now."
In the meantime, Howard will enjoy each college visit he takes. He is looking to visit Penn State in the next few weeks and will decide on camps later this Spring.