Howard Has High Expectations

Johnathan Howard's signature today officially entered him into the North Carolina football program – a program he believes has a very high ceiling.

"I'm excited about being a part of a great program," Howard said. "All around, Coach [Larry] Fedora is putting together a pretty good recruiting class this year. I'm excited to be a part of something that's on the rise. I think we're going to be competing for an ACC Championship and a National Championship."

Howard, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound wide receiver from Rochelle (Ga.) Wilcox County, expects to see the field "very early."

"Quinshad Davis and I are two of the same type guys," Howard said. "Quinshad is about 6-4 and I'm 6-5. We may be on different sides to give the quarterback two good targets."

Howard took his UNC official visit – the only official visit he made – in mid-January. Instead of the allotted 48 hours, Howard had to cut his stay in half so that he could return to Rochelle in time for Wilcox County's rivalry basketball game that Saturday night. The visit was his first to Chapel Hill since he verbally committed in September.

"I felt more comfortable about being there," Howard said. "And as I was there, the coaches were making me and my family comfortable about being there outside of football."

Ten days ago, Howard had his in-home visit with Larry Fedora.

"He was just talking to my family members to get to know each other better," Howard said. "And then we started to talk a little bit about football and about how great a place Chapel Hill is and what he expects out of me."

Between the final motions of the recruiting process, Howard has been leading Wilcox County's basketball game, which is currently 18-3. On the season, he is averaging 26 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.

"I'm really not too big on basketball," Howard said. "I play it because I love to compete."

Following the basketball season, Howard will continued to feed his competitive appetite by pitching and playing shortstop, third base, and first base for Wilcox County's baseball team.

Also after the basketball season, Howard will begin preparing for his collegiate career.

"I'll start my weight training, and training with footwork and speed drills," Howard said.

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