Twymond Howard Recruiting Update

Twymond Howard, one of the top class of 2012 basketball players in the southeast, is giving football a shot once again after giving it up a couple of years ago. The Pearl (MS) High School standout talked with about how things are going for him in both sports.

"(Basketball and football) is working around my schedule," said Howard. "This summer I will work it out, level it out both ways. I go back and forth (between the two sports). I think I can handle it."

With AAU basketball going on during the summer, he's spending as much time as he can to keep his basketball skills up to date.

"I just work out a lot with my school coach, my AAU coach and individual workouts," said Howard. "When I'm at home I go to the park by myself, shoot jump shots, dribble through tires, whatever helps me improve my game."

He believes playing football will also help him with basketball.

"I think football will help me with basketball because there is more contact, and I think it will help me get stronger, too," noted Howard.

Recruiting-wise, he continues to receive strong interest in basketball while the football interest continues to pick up.

"(In basketball) Tennessee is on me, Mississippi State, Ole Miss hard, Baylor, there are a whole bunch of them," said Howard, who confirmed that all of the schools he mentioned have offered scholarships.

Football-wise, several schools are showing strong interest, although most of the schools are taking a wait and see attitude about offers since this will be Howard's first year to play football after being away from the sport for two years.

"Alabama has been talking to me a lot, Southern Miss has already offered, Mississippi State is on me pretty hard, too, and Ole Miss and Miami," said Howard.

Although he enjoys playing both sports and feels he can handle them in high school, he realizes a choice must be made once he's college=bound.

"If I could play both I would but it is a decision that I have to make in the future," said Howard. "I'm going to see how everything goes before I make a decision."

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