Howard talks Oregon

Green Cove Springs (Fla.) Clay offensive tackle Michael Howard discusses Oregon and what he'll work on this summer.

Clay offensive tackle Michael Howard may not seem like the typical big man upon first glance. But one look at his highlights will show you that his passion for playing the game will no doubt land him some big offers in the future. In fact, he's showing up on radars around the country, including at Oregon.

Although lighter in weight than the typical Oregon offensive tackle target, the 6-foot-6, 248-pound Howard plays with the physicality and aggression that the Ducks covet from their linemen.

Two weeks ago, Howard received a visit from offensive coordinator Scott Frost. After getting to know a little bit more about the school and the player Howard was, Frost let the junior know the Ducks were interested.

"He liked how I played, how I work and my athletic ability," Howard said.

Howard ended up landing an Oregon offer, adding to a list that includes UAB, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Clay runs a similar style of offense to Oregon and Howard believes that could give him a leg up if he ends up a Duck.

"I'm kind of already adapted to the way they run their offense," Howard said. "They signal two different signals for the O-line and that's the same way we run ours. He said I could come in early and not have to wait so long and adjust to the offense."

When it comes to the rest of his recruitment, Howard claimed everyone is still in the running for his services. He has visited Florida International, South Florida and Miami, but is unsure of which schools he'll see this summer.

"I'm going to try to visit a couple places in the summer and then take my officials in the fall," Howard said.

Howard eyes making a decision after his senior season. In the meantime he is set on improving certain aspects of his game over the summer.

"Getting bigger, stronger faster and some technical stuff," Howard said.


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