First Meetings

Darrien Howard got the chance to meet with some of his future teammates at a camp visit to West Virginia on Saturday.

Darrien Howard has been talking with his future teammates via Twitter and text message, but that wasn't the same as getting to meet them in person. The massive middle linebacker got that chance before, during and after Saturday's camp at West Virginia, where no fewer than seven Mountaineer verbal commitments convened.

"It's definitely not the same texting as it is meeting them in person," Howard said after returning home. "Getting to meet them in person, you get to know them a little better, and get to know what they are about."

Howard spent much of the day in the company of his future teammates, but in between again impressed on the field. The big 'backer went through agility drills with as much ability as any linebacker on the scene, and showed good balance while changing direction and running through the various drills.

Howard's real talents, however, aren't on display during camps, when pads aren't allowed and contact is minimal. His physical play and tackling skills will have to wait until real football begins for his high school, Chaminade - Julienne, soon.

Howard's teammate, Jamel Sanders, was unable to make the trip. Sanders has two offers and also interest from other schools, including WVU.

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