Howard Picks Mountaineers, Keeps Legacy Going

West Virginia moved back into the Sunshine state for its latest commitment as Miami (Fla.) cornerback Antonio Howard made his decision.

West Virginia continued its recruiting success for the class of 2015, earning a commitment from Miami (Fla.) cornerback Antonio Howard.

Howard (5-11, 178 lbs.) held over a dozen offers, but pledged to the Mountaineers over Georgia, Pittsburgh and USF.

“West Virginia was always one of my favorite schools when I was little,” Howard described. “My dad also played there and I would love to follow in his footsteps and keep the legacy going.”

His father, Antonio Brown, played wide receiver for the Mountaineers from 1998-2001. That close bond, along with his relationship with the West Virginia program, proved crucial in his recruitment, even though he felt he’s always flown under the radar.

“I’m thankful for all the offers and the one I have from West Virginia,” Howard said. “It’s a family. I feel like I deserved more offers but I’ll just keeping working hard.”

Despite the aspirations of following his father's path, Howard was never pressured into deciding on the Mountaineers. However, when official word came his father couldn’t hide his emotions.

“He really didn’t pressure me,” Howard explained. “I made the decision and let him know and he gave me some facts. He told me to keep my grades up. But he said he loved the decision and was very proud.”

“He was very happy about it being West Virginia,” Howard laughed. He told me to keep working but keep school first, then football.”

With his commitment out of the way Howard isn’t primed to look ahead just yet.

“I have several goals for this year,” Howard said. “I got the school that I wanted but keep working hard. I want to get a couple of picks this year and get invited to the U.S. Army All-American game.’ rates Howard a three-star prospect and the 100th best cornerback in the country.

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