One of the headliners from NC State head coach Tom O'Brien's first recruiting class at NC State was WR Steven Howard from Olympic High School in Charlotte, NC. At 6-3, 190 pounds and boasting 4.55-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Howard was rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and proved to be one of the state's top wideouts in 2006.
With fall practice quickly approaching, Howard is counting down the days until he finally gets to NC State.
"I'll be coming up to State on June 30th," said Howard. "I'm really getting excited to come up there. I've been running and lifting just about every day. I'll lift weights one day and run a mile the next day. I've been working pretty hard to get ready."
Despite a coaching change at NC State, Howard never wavered in his commitment to the Wolfpack and he's excited about the prospects of playing for O'Brien and company.
"I really like the staff there," said Howard. "For me, coach O'Brien being named the coach was a huge plus. I think we hired a better staff and honestly, the staff that we have now is better than the old staff that was there."
As Howard makes the move to Raleigh and the adjustment to division one football, he may also be called upon to do a little recruiting at some point. His current teammate, OL Andrew Wallace has emerged as a prime Pack target.
"He's been getting a lot of looks and it seems like he's getting new offers every day," said Howard. "I haven't talked too much too him about where he's going but I'll probably be recruiting him for NC State down the road."
Scouting Report: "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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