No Change for Howard

Charlotte (NC) Olympic wide receiver Steven Howard remains firmly committed to NC State.

Charlotte (NC) Olympic star Steven Howard played major minutes in the 2006 Shrine Bowl, catching two passes for North Carolina as they defeated South Carolina 23-16. Howard was pleased with his performance during the game and throughout the week.

"I did alright," said Howard. "We didn't really pass the ball too much, but it was a good game. We won and that's good. I caught all of the passes thrown to me so I was 100% for the game.

"I thought I did well at practice. We had two-a-days, and I tried to be one of the best guys out there. It was fun."

At 6-3 and 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 one of NC State's first commitments in the 2007 class, choosing the Wolfpack over offers from Wake Forest and Vanderbilt. Although the Wolfpack made a coaching change, Howard stated that he remains firmly committed to NC State.

"I'm solid," he said. "I talked to the AD during the coaching search, and he said I'm still going to have my scholarship and everything. They won't take that away from me, and that's where I want to go.

"I think O'Brien is a real good coach. I think that is a plus."

Howard admitted that he has watched a lot of Boston College football since the Eagles entered the ACC two years ago. What does he like most about what BC did under O'Brien?

"I think the offense is good," he said. "I think it might be a little better now that O'Brien is the coach. I know they had good offenses all the time. I think he's going to bring that to State."

Howard was one of the more vocal members of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team, as he openly recruited for the Wolfpack throughout the week. NC State had five other commitments on the team and that appealed to Howard.

"That was one of the best parts about being down here," he said. "We had a lot of guys in the Shrine Bowl that already committed. I was loving that. It's a plus."

Analyst Quote #1: "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." -- Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

Shrine Bowl Evaluation: "Steven Howard is a natural pass-catcher and possibly the smoothest of the four receivers. Very fluid in his movement into and out of his cuts, able to make catches in traffic and a brilliant receiver on the edges along the sideline. Body control is a key asset for his game. Listed at 6-3, maybe an inch shorter and certainly thin but able to add a good amount of size to his game. Deceptive speed, but still going to be a possession and red zone receiver." -- Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

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Charlotte (NC) Olympic Wide Receiver Steven Howard

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