Howard provides an update

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St. PETERSBURG, Fla. — If Alton Howard is wavering on his commitment to Tennessee, he certainly needs to start acting like it.

Howard got six touches on offense to help Team Blur to a 49-16 win over Team Highlight in the Under Armour All-American game at Tropicana Field on Thursday night.

After the action, InsideTennessee caught up with the playmaker to get an idea where he is with his verbal pledge to the Volunteers. Tennessee coaches Jim Chaney and Lance Thompson are expected to meet with Howard soon.

"I just want to ask them what made the other (parts of) the coaching staff leave, what made coach (Charlie) Baggett resign?" Howard said. "Tennessee made me feel at home on my official; I enjoyed every moment of it. It's a great experience, and I've always wanted to play in the SEC. I don't plan on changing my mind; I just kind of questioned what was going on. But, I'm still committed."

Schools like Central Florida and West Virginia are rumored to be hunting down the Orlando, Fla., native but it sounds like Howard is going to stay home in the weekends ahead.

"I don't really have any officials or anything. I'm going to finish school, train and get ready for the next level," Howard said.

The Edgewater (Fla.) High School star turned his one reception into a 17-yard gain. He also returned two kickoffs for 41 yards. Tennessee is expected to use a wide variety of methods to get the explosive Howard the football.

Howard told InsideTennessee on Wednesday that he plans to enroll in May and get an early start on getting acclimated to life in the Southeastern Conference before preseason camp in Knoxville gets underway later this summer.

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