Pack Lands Talented In-State Wideout

Charlotte (NC) Olympic star Steven Howard has committed to NC State.

Charlotte (NC) Olympic star Steven Howard has committed to NC State. Olympic head coach Maurice Flowers told Pack Pride today that his wide receiver had reached a decision.

"He has committed to NC State," said Flowers. "I think it's a great fit for him and a good decision. He's a good possession receiver, and I think it's a great situation for him.

"With the offense they run they need great route-runners, and guys who have a knowledge for the game. That's what Steve is. I think he will fit in really well up at NC State."

Howard had also received offers from Wake Forest and Vanderbilt while receiving heavy attention from North Carolina, Duke, Florida, and Virginia among others. His early decision didn't come as a surprise to his head coach.

"I think he wanted to concentrate on his senior year," Flowers said. "I just think he didn't want any distractions. I think he feels like he had enough offers as to where he felt he could make a good decision. NC State has just always been a favorite of his.

"He wanted to play in the ACC, and it's close to home, so it's a great decision."

Playing in a spread offense, Howard caught 43 passes for 642 yards and six touchdowns as a junior, earning a spot on the all-conference team. He is expected to be an integral part of Olympic's high-powered offense in 2006.

"We've been known to throw the ball around here at Olympic, and he's going to have a big year," Flowers said. "Steve is a good blocker and he's going to be our big-play guy. All-around, he's a great player."

Howard is NC State's third verbal commitment in the 2007 class, joining Garner (NC) safety Chris Culliver and Wilmington (NC) tight end George Bryan. Howard is regarded as one of the top wide receivers in the state and a consensus top-15 prospect.

"Wide receiver Steven Howard has all the tools to be a dominant player," Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit said. "At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Howard dominated the smaller cornerbacks in the air and on the ground while creating separation on good, crisp routes while using the Michael Irvin Method of pushing off."

Pack Pride will have more from Steven Howard on his decision in the near future so stay tuned!

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