Howard 'Blessed' to be Orange

The Orange continued to look for 2013 talent despite signing day being a distant memory. They hosted Malcolm Howard over the weekend, and he did not leave before committing. He goes in-depth on why he chose Syracuse and how he fits into the system inside.

Syracuse's 2013 class was thought to be completed at 19 players. That was not the case as JUCO linebacker Malcolm Howard visited the Orange campus this weekend and pulled the trigger before leaving.

"Yeah I just committed," Howard said. "I just felt like it was the perfect fit and a perfect football program. I watched practice and everything, met with the coaches, and decided to commit. I saw all I needed to see to know it was the right place for me.

"It was everything I envisioned. The facilities, the campus, everything. Exactly what I thought it would be. It was all great. I thought about how I visualized it. Just how I wanted it to be. I committed to the head coach (Scott Shafer). It was just excitement. He was really excited. I was really excited. It was a great moment."

Now that Howard has committed, he has clear goals for what he wants to do in Orange. He knows his work has only just begun if he is to accomplish those goals.

"I'm just going to keep working hard," Howard declared. "I want to help the team win an ACC championship. It's all about what we can do as a team."

Signing day came and went, and Howard did not have a lot of options. He was unsure where his future would be, but he continued to look for options, as he wanted to play football in the fall. That perseverance paid off on Saturday.

"It's a blessing right now," Howard admitted. "There's a lot of excitement. Not too much you can say when you sign d-1. It's amazing to me to have this opportunity. I'm just happy and excited."

One of the reasons Syracuse became a real option for Howard was the coaching staff. He says they clicked right away and made him feel at home.

"It was a big factor," the 6-foot-3 linebacker said. "It was great, man. We talked a lot while I was there. I got a good feel for how they are. We went over how I am and how they are, and the defense. I think as a coaching staff, they're one of the best coaching staffs I've been around."

The Syracuse scheme is another aspect that attracted Howard. He believes it will help showcase his strengths.

"I think I'll fit in where I'm supposed to fit in," Howard declared. "If I work hard and do the things I'm supposed to do, I'll do where I'm supposed to be. The system fits me well. Being able to come off the edge helps a lot. It's something I love doing and I like how they use their linebackers."


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