Howell set on the Deacs

Ford Howell made big news in ACC recruiting circles when he made the switch from N.C.State to Wake Forest in July. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, who plays at Memphis (Tenn.) University School is now ready to make his official visit to Winston-Salem and says he isn't talking to any coaches other than ones on the Demon Deacon staff.

"I just got off the phone with Coach Knorr 15 minutes ago," said Ford Howell. "I really like him. He knows the game, has good schemes and ideas, and a plan for me and the other recruits when we arrive. I think my future [at Wake Forest] is bright with Coach Knorr. When I get there, I'm open to whatever he has in mind. If it's helping on defense or playing solely on special teams, I'm ready to contribute."

"I've watched every Wake Forest game on T.V. Their defense has been a little banged up and I think the suspensions hurt, but they're getting better. I'm going to be there for the Boston College game on an unofficial visit and then for Vanderbilt when I take my official."

At MUS, Howell plays weakside linebacker in a 3-3-5 set. The Owls are 6-2 and have clinched the number one seed for the playoffs in their region.

"I don't know exactly but I have around 50 tackles in eight games," he said. "I have eight tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. A huge thing here at MUS is running to the ball. That's what we stress here. I think I'm doing a good job of that this year. I'm stronfer and faster and I'm reading plays quicker. It's not over yet. We still have two games left, but I really think this team is going to be successful in the playoffs."

While Howell speaks often with Brian Knorr, who coaches the inside linebackers at Wake Forest, his recruiting coach is Steed Loboztke. MUS plays in TSSAA Division II-AA. They play White Station this weekend then have their season finale with Briarcrest Christian.

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