NC State will likely add two wide receivers in the class of 2007 and they filled half of those needs when they landed Steven Howard from Olympic High School earlier this year. At 6-2, 185 pounds, Howard is a terrific route runner and technically-sound receiver that hauled in 43 passes for 642 yards and six touchdowns en route to all conference honors as a junior.
In 2006, Howard has caught 10 touchdown passes and played a major role in helping lead Olympic to a 10-2 record and playoff spot. He was also recently named to the North Carolina Shrine Bowl squad. It was an honor that Howard relishes.
"I was real happy when I found out," he said. "I was excited about being selected because I think they only picked four wide receivers so it was an honor to be picked for the team."
Howard committed to the Pack way back in April. Despite the Wolfpack struggles on the field, the three star wideout has stayed true to his pledge.
"I'm still committed to State," he said. "I'm still very interested in going there. Every team goes through down times and they've just got to work hard to get back where they were. I know they're going to bounce back.
"Coach Portee calls me and he's talked to me about setting up an official visit after the Shrine Bowl."
As of now, just one program has stayed in touch with Howard despite his firm commitment to the Wolfpack.
"Well, Wake Forest offered, and I've talked to them," he said. "They've come by practice but that's about it."
Howard is rated the No 27 prospect in North carolina by SuperPrep.
Analyst Quote: "Wide receiver Steven Howard has all the tools to be a dominant player. 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." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit
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