Howard confirms pledge to Pack

SPARTANBURG, S.C.-Charlotte (N.C.) Olympic wide receiver Steven Howard confirmed again to this week that he is a solid verbal commitment to North Carolina State and talked about the hiring of new Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien.
"I'm going to keep it solid," Howard said. "The athletics director (Lee Fowler) at North Carolina State said I could keep my scholarship. I think the new coach will be a plus. He had a good year last year at Boston College."
Howard watched the Eagles play the Pack during the season in Raleigh.
"I like (Boston College's) offensive schemes a lot," he said.
Howard has enjoyed a solid week of work at practice for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
"I think it's been all right," he said. "I think I could have done better. I have to get used to the quarterbacks on this team and all."
He is hopeful of leading the North Carolina team to its fourth win in five tries against their counterparts from South Carolina.
"I want to win," he said. "I just want to win the game."
Howard is the nation's current No. 54 wide receiver prospect.
"My route running makes me a good prospect," he added.