"They told me I was their top D-line recruit," Howell told Inside Texas. "They said they liked my speed and quickness and just liked me all-around as a player."
Howell had his meeting with Mack Brown and the Texas coaching staff after watching practice in the morning, meeting with an academic adviser and going to a team position meeting. One of the things Howell liked the most about his visit was how comfortable he felt.
"I already felt like I was a part of their family," said Howell.
That comfort didn't just come from the coaches. The person who had the biggest impact -- outside of Mack Brown -- on Howell isn't someone who's on the staff.
"Actually it wasn't a coach. One of the starting defensive tackles, his name was Ben (Alexander), number 92. He's a good guy. I talked with him a lot," said Howell
All in all, Howell enjoyed his visit and summed it up very succinctly.
"It went good, real good. I mean, it's UT man. Nuff said."
Howell came away from his visit with a scholarship offer from Texas, but the Horns aren't the only team after the 6-4, 280 pound DT. He now holds offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas and Tulsa.
"And I'm just a junior," said Howell. "It's about to get crazy."
But Howell may have his decision wrapped up before things get too heavy in recruiting. Howell told IT that he plans on making a decision and giving a commitment during the spring so that recruiting won't be a distraction during his senior season.
At 280 pounds, Howell runs a 4.91 in the forty and the Texas coaches told him they like his speed, but Howell said the strongest aspect of his game is one that can't be measured on a stopwatch.
"My passion and my attitude," said Howell. "I love the game. I love everything about it and I train hard."
Up next for Howell is a visit to Oklahoma and then he plans to work on making the big decision he has in front of him.