Howard Impressed by Buckeye Experience

Miami Krop star Travis Howard visited Ohio State last weekend for the Michigan State game and came away impressed. Howard, one of the top defensive backs in Florida, now lists the Buckeyes as his leader, but does not hold a written offer. Bill Greene has more.

Miami Krop star defensive back Travis Howard holds several scholarship offers, but now lists Ohio State as his leader even though the Buckeyes have not issued a written offer. Howard spoke about his visit to Ohio State for the Michigan State game.

"I had a great visit to Ohio State and I'm hoping they send me a written offer," Howard began. "That visit puts them at the top of my list right now. I have offers from Miami, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and North Carolina. Ohio State talked about me getting an offer but I do not have one in writing at this time."

Howard attended his Ohio State visit with Krop teammate Etienne Sabino. Sabino, one of the top linebacker prospects in the country, does have an Ohio State offer as well as several others. Howard said he and Sabino are not a package deal.

"If we could both go to the same school that would be great," Howard explained. "He had a great time at Ohio State but I'm not sure what he's going to do. If we end up going to different schools we would just wish each other well. We have went on a lot of recruiting visits together and we are very close. It would be the ultimate for us to play together in college"

Howard said the Ohio State visit was unlike any other he had experienced.

"It was clearly the best visit so far, nothing even close," he stated. "The atmosphere, the people, the coaches and the players were all very impressive. I would most definitely consider Ohio State strongly if they do offer. I'm hoping to make my decision within the next month. I won't be graduating early like Etienne is. I will graduate in May and then head to my school soon after that to start taking summer classes."

Howard said he has no problem leaving the state of Florida to pursue his dream of playing college football.

"Leaving Florida won't be a problem at all for me, in fact I want to," Howard exclaimed. "I want to leave Florida and start to experience life in another state. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and starting college life away from Florida."

Howard, who is fully qualified academically, talked about what his strengths are as a football player.

"I feel my greatest strength is my coverage ability," he said. "I also have been told I have great technique at playing the corner position. I also feel I have a great work ethic and a drive to be the best. I think I can play safety too, but corner is my best spot."

Howard talked about what factors will lead him to choose his college. With so many offers he knows he will have a hard decision ahead of him.

"I'm just looking for a place that seems right," he explained. "I want coaches that will be truthful with me. I just want to go to a school where I have the opportunity to play early and develop my skills. That's why I like Ohio State so much. I had breakfast both days with Coach [Jim] Tressel and Coach [Luke] Fickell. They were great guys to be around and talk football with. Coach Tressel is such a humble man and it's easy to see why the Ohio State players respect him so much. We got to know each other a lot better and he was a cool, laid-back guy. I loved the style of play and the schemes they run. I think I would fit in real well at Ohio State."

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