Miami Athlete Sets UNC Official Visit

North Carolina will welcome yet another native of the Sunshine State for an official visit – Jasper Howard, a 5-foot-9 160-pound athlete.

"He's scheduled a visit for the [last weekend] of this month," said Corey Bell, Miami (Fla.) Edison's head football coach.

"I guess when Butch [Davis] started to finalize his staff he had Coach [Charlie] Williams come down and view tapes on Howard. Since then, they've been showing him a lot of interest."

Davis discovered Howard while exploring his old recruiting grounds.

"Davis, of course, when he was at Miami he recruited my high school," said Bell. "During that period of time, three of my players played for Davis. So he knows the area [and] he knows the quality of the kids."

While reviewing film, Davis found a versatile athlete that could play multiple positions at the college level.

"Either side of the ball he plays well," said Bell. "Anytime you find a kid with that quality, you definitely want to look into him.

"He's a very athletic, quick kid; he's a very determined kid. He makes things happen on each side of the ball. He's a kid that doesn't want to come off the field.

According to Bell, UNC hasn't singled out one position for Howard.

During his senior season, Howard played wide receiver, cornerback, and safety for Edison. At wide out, he caught 34 passes for 704 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Howard picked off three passes and totaled 29 tackles.

Regardless of his position situation, a future North Carolina scholarship offer for Howard seems likely.

"Just speaking with Coach Williams, they're very excited about him," said Bell. "If I would have to say, I think they are going to offer him."

While Bell doesn't believe Howard is leaning towards any school, North Carolina has definitely caught Howard's eye.

"I know he's anxious to go on this visit to see how it is," said Bell. "He's heard a lot of interesting things about North Carolina"

In December, Bell spent his first official visit on Western Michigan. He is also fielding interest from Kentucky, Rutgers, Memphis, Cincinnati, and South Carolina.

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