Miami (Fla.) Dr. Krop three-star cornerback Travis Howard proved why in his team's first game why he's regarded as one of the top playmakers in South Florida.
"We started against an Ohio team, and I had two interceptions and an 87-yard kick return," Howard, who is 6-foot and 172 pounds, said. "I just played defense and special teams. Here and there I was at corner and some safety throughout the game, but the two picks were from the safety position."
Howard said things have been going great in the recruiting front. He's scheduled his first official visit and plenty of schools are staying in touch with him.
"I've been hearing from Wisconsin, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, Minnesota, USF, and that's all I can think of right now," Howard, the nation's No. 37 corner and the No. 69 player in Florida, said. "I'm not choosing any schools over another right now.
"I really like Georgia Tech, Ohio State, UNC and Miami. All of them stand out. Mainly I like Georgia Tech because it's in the city and that's where I'm used to since I'm from Miami. I like North Carolina because of the coaching and the atmosphere. They have great team chemistry up there and their coaching staff gets along so well with the players. With Ohio State, I didn't get to take a visit there this summer, so that's a place I still have to experience. And Miami has such a great tradition and with them being close, I grew up watching them and everything."
Howard said he's set up at this point to take his first official visit this weekend to North Carolina.
"I have an official visit to UNC set up for Saturday," Howard said. "I've already been there so it'll be good for me to chill with coaches and players and just try to build a bond with them."
"I mainly like the coaches there. It's more like a family oriented program. You can go to the coaches and talk to them about anything and that's the kind of coaches they have up there with guys like coach John Blake."
When it comes time to make a decision, Howard said he's got a few important things in mind.
"I'll check out academics, the opportunity to start and just coaches who can relate to their players," he said. "If you can't relate to the players you don't know anything about them. When you can relate to them and put yourself in their shoes, you develop trust and start to come together with good chemistry and I think it helps players develop more.
"After I come from the official visits I'll be looking to make a decision pretty soon. I'm not waiting until signing day probably."