Matt Howard takes in game

Two of South Carolina's top recruits in the 2013 class were in attendance for South Carolina's latest game, and Gamecock Anthem caught up with one of them to recap the night.

South Carolina took a tough loss to Tennessee State on Sunday night, but the prospective future was bright.

Two of South Carolina's top prospects in the 2013 class – Sindarius Thornwell (Lancaster) and Columbia-native Matt Howard (A.C. Flora) — were on tap for the game.

"It was interesting," Howard said of the game. "I thought Tennessee State was going to end up blowing them out, but Carolina ended up coming back."

Howard sat in the front row behind the team, so he was able to take in Darrin Horn's style of coaching.

"I got more of a sense of how the coach interacts with the players and stuff from sitting so close," he said. "He didn't scream as much as I thought he would though. I'm just used to all my coaches just screaming."

Howard holds offers from South Carolina, Tennessee State, VCU, Richmond, Virginia Tech, Harvard, Georgia Southern and Jacksonville. So far, he's visited VCU and Clemson as well as several trips down the road to South Carolina. Even though Clemson hasn't offered, they were the first school to really show the 6-foot-4, 180-pound wing major attention and still keep in touch frequently.

"(Clemson) wanted me to visit again for the Wake Forest game," Howard said, "but it was homecoming, and my mom wanted to stay here for the South Carolina game."

As far as what stood out to Howard about the game: "Eric Smith caught fire." It was something that he paying attention to considering that it was a guard that was the catalyst for a big second-half comeback for the Gamecocks.

But for now, no visits or anything are setup for Howard in the near future as he's turning his attention to his season opener Nov. 29 against Lugoff-Elgin.

"I can't wait," he said. "I'm tired of just practicing and scrimmaging. I want to just play again in front of the home crowd. "We're trying to first win regions and then win state."

Howard also admitted some thoughts about life after high school as he said him and Thornwell threw around the idea of maybe playing at South Carolina together one day.

"We just joked around about some of the same schools and stuff," Howard said of his good friend. "Just wondering what it would be like to play together."

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