Theo Howard Breaks Down His Recruitment

Aug. 18 -- Sunday night, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake wide out Theo Howard decided to decommit from Oregon and open up the recruiting process. The athlete went in-depth on his decision and where he goes from here...

Theo Howard committed to Oregon back in March following an unofficial visit. Throughout the spring and summer, Howard was an outspoken recruiter for the Ducks but he has now decided to start over and consider all of his options.

“It wasn’t anything negative with Oregon, it’s a great school with a great staff,” Howard said. “Towards the end of the summer though, probably late July, I started to re-think about my decision. I committed so quick after that visit that it got me thinking a little.

“I just want to make sure I’m doing the right thing. I thought it would be smart to take a step back and give all the schools that were recruiting me another look. Comfort level is big for me. I had that at Oregon but I still want to look around a little and see if there’s a place where maybe I’ll fit in even better.”

Howard said he’s still looking at Oregon and there were no hard feelings when he made the call to the Duck coaches to de-commit.

“I talked with Coach Lubick and he said they still want me and plan to recruit me,” Howard said. “He’s a great guy and we have a good relationship. I’m definitely still going to consider Oregon moving forward and they still want me as well so that’s definitely an option for me.”

On Monday, Howard hit the road to San Bernardino to attend UCLA’s practice.

“It was cool, I had a good time there,” Howard said. “I went last year too but I just wanted to go and watch the offense, talk with the coaches and check out the receivers. I spent a lot of time with Coach Mazzone and Coach McClure and then talked a little with Coach Mora too. I also talked a little with Jordan Payton and Ishmael Adams who I know really well from when they were at Oaks Christian.

“Coach Mora spent a lot of time with my mom but when we talked, he just wanted to make sure I know what a great fit UCLA would be for me, not just football wise, but off the field as well. Coach Yarber wasn’t there but we talk all the time and he’s always telling me they need a guy like me who can run and stretch the field. He said they lose about four of five receivers this year and there’s a chance to play early.”

USC is another school Howard said he plans to visit and never stopped recruiting him, even after he made his decision.

“Coach Tee (Martin) or Coach Tui (Tuiasosopo) hit me up almost every day,” Howard said. “I’m close with both of those guys and I’m going to check out USC pretty soon here. I don’t have an exact date of when I’ll be at a practice because my schedule is pretty tight but before my season gets here, I for sure want to get down there.

“I know USC has a few receivers already committed but that doesn’t bother me. I’m not afraid of competition but I just need to get down there and check things out because I haven’t been to USC in awhile.”

Howard said he has also heard from Arizona State, Washington State, Texas A&M and Arizona since Sunday night and plans to take a few official visits before making a final decision.

“I know I want to visit UCLA and USC but I’m not sure where else I’ll visit right now,” Howard said. “I have the best relationship with those two programs since they’re close to home so I just want to wait things out a little and let the process play out. I just opened things up Sunday night so it’s still pretty new and I have a lot of evaluating left to do.

“I’m track to graduate early so I want to make my decision either late September or early October. Academics are big for me along with comfort level and early playing time as well. I want to be able to come in and make an early impact wherever I go.

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