4-Star WR Theo Howard Close to a Decision

Oct. 22 -- The Westlake (Calif.) four-star receiver, Theo Howard, is close to making his college decision and UCLA is still heavily in the mix...

Westlake (Calif.) receiver Theo Howard (6-2, 175), is getting closer to making his college choice.

Howard visited Texas A&M over the weekend and previously had visited UCLA officially in early October and now he's ready to make a decision.

"I'm done with official visits," said Howard.  "I'm probably anouncing in the next two weeks.  I'm down to Texas A&M, UCLA and USC."

UCLA continues to prioritize Howard and he said that they've been on him the hardest.

"UCLA and Coach Yarbs (Eric Yarber) are definitely recruiting me the hardest," said Howard.  "Coach Yarbs is on me the hardest and I have a great relationship with him.  I know UCLA could use a game breaker and everytime I watch them, I see they need a consistent deep threat and they could use that and that's the kind of receiver that I am."

Howard took his second official visit over the weekend, checking out Texas A&M and taking in their game against Alabama.

Visiting an SEC school left a big impression on Howard.

"It was fun and it was like nothing I've ever experienced," said Howard.  "100,000 people, the stadium huge and packed, all of the traditions and the chants that they would do.  There is so much tradition there.  The fans out there really love the players. The facilities were the best I've ever seen and even better than Oregon."

Howard was hosted by receiver Jeremy Tabuyo, who also came from out West (Hawaii) before heading to A&M.

"The coaches and the players were really cool and my host Jeremy was a real good guy," said Howard.  "Coach (Jeff) Banks is the coach recruiting me and Coach (Kevin) Sumlin, he's a player's coach and a really cool guy, really outgoing."

Howard was one of four players from the West to visit A&M, joining Oluwole BetikuN'Keal Harry and Byron Murphy in College Station.

"We all would say the SEC is different and we were talking about how everything there goes in to football," said Howard.  "With all they have down there, with the state of Texas and the SEC, they have it all."

Despite the coaching change at USC, Howard hasn't eliminated the Trojans.

"Coach (Tee) Martin has hit me up a couple of times and Coach Tui (Marques Tuiasosopo) has hit me up and so has Coach (Clay) Helton, he's still trying to recruit me.  So I'm still considering them.  I just don't think I'll take an official visit there because I've been there enough."

Howard plans to graduate in December and enroll in January, which is expediting his time table.

"You don't want to take a whole bunch of time or talk a lot in the process, you just want to narrow it down and get the process over," said Howard.  "It's always been cool, but I'm ready to decide."

Howard has been selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Los Angeles in January.

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