Deacs add TN linebacker

Wake Forest's latest commitment is from Memphis, Tennessee, a city that has firmly established itself as a hotbed of Division 1 talent. Ford Howell, who attends Memphis University School or MUS, a private all-male preparatory school known for fielding highly ranked football teams, made his commitment to become the twelfth member of the Class of 2013.

"My family and I saw a good opportunity [at Wake Forest] for great academics as well as a great football program," said Ford Howell. "It was a difficult change to make but we felt it would be for the better. I called Coach Lobo, my recruiter, and Coach Knorr, my position coach. They were both really pleased with my decision."

Howell, a 6-foot-2, 227-pound linebacker, had previously committed to N.C. State in early May. He said it was a variety of things he saw at Wake Forest that helped change his mind.

"I was up there a couple of months ago and toured the campus and the facilities," Howell said. "I like the guys in my class. I've talked to almost all of them already. In fact, I'm going to be going [to Wake Forest] this Saturday because a lot of the committed guys are going to be up there. I also really liked the coaching staff. I think the team has a chance to be a real good team in the near future."

In his junior season at MUS, Howell recorded 70 tackles, five tackles for loss, and one interception in Tennessee Division II-AA play. He had 14 tackles, a season-high, in the game against Mississippi powerhouse, South Panola.

"It was awhile back when Wake Forest offered me," he said. "Coach Knorr told me he liked my size, speed, and aggressiveness. He said he liked how I can read plays and how quickly I run downhill against the run. I'm looking at playing one of the inside linebacker positions when I get there."

It won't be too long before Howell plans to being in Winston-Salem permanently. He plans on graduating early to be able to enroll for spring classes. Howell wears No. 51 for the MUS Owls. He was selected from an elite group of underclassmen to compete at the All-American combine in San Antonio in early January.

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