One of the nation's top prospects, Warrior receiver Theo Howard, will make his commitment this coming Sunday, the day after Halloween.
Howard originally committed to Oregon way back in the March but decided to open up his recruitment in mid-August a few weeks before school started. Both local schools, UCLA and USC had stayed in constant contact with him and there was always the feeling that Howard could have a change of heart at some point and decide to stay closer to home.
Howard took multiple unofficial visits to both local schools, officially visited UCLA earlier this month and also took an official visit to Texas A&M two weeks ago.
"I'm ready to do this," Howard said. "I'm excited to get it over with and looking forward to a new start. I'm just going to tweet it out on Sunday, I don't have anything big planned. I'm thankful for all the schools that recruited me but I'm ready to shut it down and focus on the rest of my senior season."
While Howard had a great visit to A&M, he has been pretty consistent in calling UCLA and USC his co-leaders and wanting to stay close to home. The feeling for the last month or so has been UCLA is the team to beat as he's close with Bruin WR Coach Eric Yarber, has been on campus several times since he de-committed from Oregon, is close with several players on the team and had a great official visit.
It's also tough to envision Howard picking USC right now without knowing who the next head coach will be. He has stayed in frequent contact with Trojan assistants Tee Martin and Marques Tuiasosopo so USC definitely has a fighting chance still but it would still rate as mild surprise if he picks anywhere other than UCLA right now.
Howard is having a very strong season, showing why we've said he probably has more upside than any other receiver out West. He's very explosive, the fastest receiver in the region and shows the ability to stretch the field and is also very good after the catch.
He's also on track to graduate early and will be able to enroll in time for spring ball at whatever college he commits to. That's big as Howard has the ability to step in and make an immediate impact and learning the offense early will definitely enhance that chance.
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