Gopher commit Howard camps with the Gophers

Robbinsdale (Minn.) Cooper athlete Phillip Howard has been committed to Minnesota for a couple months now, yet he decided to attend the Gophers first summer camp of the season. GopherDigest caught up with Howard after to hear about his camp experience and how his summer is progressing.

Robbinsdale (Minn.) Cooper athlete Phillip Howard has been committed to Minnesota for a couple months now, yet he decided to attend the Gophers first summer camp of the season. GopherDigest caught up with Howard after to hear about his camp experience and how his summer is progressing.

"I got a chance to show what I can actually do in-person with coaches eyes on me so I can show them what I can do a DB and at receiver," Howard said to GopherDigest. "I was able to display my quickness and ball skills against different defenders and receivers. I feel like I did pretty good today, but there's always room for improvement and things to work on. Defensive backs coach Jay Sawvel told me to work on keeping my head over my heals and to stop standing straight up and the wide receivers coach Brian Anderson just said to keep working hard this summer."

Howard was routinely matched up against taller receivers while at defensive back, including in-state receiver Sean Engel.

"He's a big, great receiver man," Howard said about Engel. "He's tall and lanky with good feet and great hands. You play good defense on him and he'll still go up and get it."

Not many schools have been in touch with Howard since his decision to become a Gopher, but one Midwest school maintains contact.

"I haven't heard from too many schools as I'm a pretty solid commit," Howard explained. "I let schools know that I'm pretty solid to where I am, but Wisconsin tried jumping into the picture a few weeks after I committed. They were just telling me how much they really liked me and were disappointed to see me commit before getting a chance to see them. They kind of told me I had an offer, but I'm not really sure. I'm solid to Minnesota regardless."

The in-state commit plans to be back on the Gophers campus very soon.

"I'll probably be back to visit campus again soon and hang with some of the team. I think they have another camp again soon and I might be coming back for that. Things are great with Coach Kill and as a Minnesota commit."


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