Miramar (Fla.) five-star cornerback Tracy Howard traveled to West Virginia this past weekend to watch the Mountaineers host Connecticut. He enjoyed the 43-16 victory.
"It was good," Howard said. "It went very well. It is a great place."
During his time in Morgantown, the 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back was surprised by how the whole community supports the team.
"I didn't know the whole town got into the football team like they do," Howard said. "The atmosphere surrounding the game was great. It is a big football town. I didn't know that."
During the visit, he had the opportunity to speak with head coach Dana Holgorsen and his prospective position coach, David Lockwood. He said the message to him was simple.
"They said they like the type of player that I am," Howard said. "They said I could help out their program. They said that they would like to have all of us, my teammates, and me come there and help them. They said I would have an opportunity to play early and compete for a job as a freshman."
While on campus and at the game, Howard was able to catch up with four former Miramar players who are currently on the West Virginia roster - quarterback Geno Smith, wide receivers Ivan McCartney and Stedman Bailey, as well as defensive lineman Josh Taylor.
"It was good to see all of those guys," Howard said. "I liked being able to catch up with them. It was good to see them play ball."
Despite the deep Miramar-to-West Virginia ties that exist, Howard said he has felt no pressure to continue the pipeline.
"I don't really hear that much," Howard said. "I don't really hear it from anybody. There has been no pressure by anybody to go to West Virginia."
With one official visit down, Howard is prepared to schedule his next one. At this time, he is not sure if he will take another one this month. He is expected to visit Florida State in early November when the Seminoles host Miami. Other schools in the picture include LSU, Alabama, Florida, and Miami.
While he said it isn't definitive that he will announce his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Game, as of today that will be the likely date of when he ends his recruitment.