Horns Land Recently-Offered TE Howard

Brenham TE Ahmard Howard committed Monday to play for The University of Texas, bringing Mack Brown's total number of junior commits for Signing Day '07 to 13. Howard picked up an offer from the UT staff just under two weeks ago, and made his pledge after visiting campus and taking in the Horns' first post-Spring Break practice session with his mother, brother and his brother's wife.

"Looking at everything I felt that The University of Texas was best for me and my family," Howard told Inside Texas. "I fit in well so I decided I might as well commit and get it over with. That's where I want to play, I fit in well with the coaches and players so I decided to commit."

Texas DE coach Oscar Giles was the point man in Howard's recruitment, but he also talked extensively with TE coach (and Recruiting Coordinator) Bruce Chambers.

"They were really happy that I committed," Howard said. "They liked me and wanted me to commit."

The 6-4, 240-pound tight end turned down offers from Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin among others.

"I'm done," Howard said. "I'm not interested in visiting anywhere else."

Howard, who is considered a 'complete', Texas-prototype tight end because of his athleticism and ability to both catch and block, also said he is ready for the move from small town Brenham (pop. 13,507) to big city Austin (pop. 656,562).

"It’s the state capital, there’s lot of people, lots of attention, but I’m ready," said Howard. "I guess what I’ll miss most is the ice cream."

Howard’s verbal commitment, along with the February signing of high school senior tight ends Britt Mitchell and Greg Smith, continues to reinforce a position vacated by the graduation of David Thomas. Redshirt freshman Jermichael Finley and senior Neale Tweedie are expected to compete for the starting tight end job this fall.

With Howard's verbal the Horns are probably full up at the tight end position in this class.

Note: Aaron Johnson contributed to this report.

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