On film, Orlando Edgewater athlete Alton Howard is one of the fastest prospects around. He can play wide receiver, running back or defensive back.
Offensively, he seems to fit the spread offense a bit more than a pro-style, but he’s confident he could play in any sort of offense and could play defense if asked.
At the U.S. Army Junior Combine in January he ran a 4.4 in the 40 and a 4.2 in the shuttle.
Howard, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete, currently claims double-digit offers, including Florida, Ohio State, Miami, South Carolina, UCLA, Central Florida and East Carolina. He’s also garnered interest from USC.
Howard’s plan was to take all of his official visits after his senior season, but after getting an offer from Ohio State, things have changed. Howard named the Buckeyes his leader and could get things out of the way before his senior season, but he would like to take a few official visits. Howard called OSU his “dream school.”
While OSU is the leader, he’s planning to visit schools this spring and summer.
Florida is one of those schools. Former coach Urban Meyer showed Howard a lot of interest last year and Howard even visited for the LSU game last fall.
Will Muschamp’s hiring hasn’t changed Howard’s interest in the Gators, and Howard would like to check out things in Gainesville between now and the start of his fall practice.
“Florida has always had a great program, so I’m sure everything will be OK,” Howard said. “I just have to look into how things are.”
Miami and South Carolina are both making major pushes for Howard as well.
One factor in Howard’s decision could be distance. Howard said his parents are interested in him staying closer to home. Though they’d back any choice he makes, closer to Orlando would be better.
Howard, who caught 60 passes for 1,146 yards and rushed for 546 yards as a junior, will try to make it to Columbus, Ohio, for an OSU practice this spring and would like to camp at a few schools this summer.
“The best thing for me is to take official visits,” he said. “Some (schools) want me to take (unofficial) visits over the summer and spring, so I’m going to narrow it down to what visits I’m going to take and make my decision from there.”