HALLANDALE, Fla. - Amongst the top players on the field during Saturday's South Florida Express tryouts was 5-foot-11, 171-pound cornerback Tracey Howard from Miramar (Fla.). The talented defensive back said his motivation on the day was competing with and against a fellow South Florida defensive back.
"Competing with A.J. Leggett is nice, it is fun, always a good competition and I love competition, so competing with him was the highlight," Howard said. "Also, the receivers put up a good challenge. It was a good test but I think I passed."
Howard says that he and Leggett, a Florida State commitment from Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep, have a friendly rivalry and enjoy the opportunities they get at camps of working around each other.
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"We tell each other that we are going to lock the receiver down," Howard said. "We try to compete against each other every time we are around one another."
Like Leggett, Howard is going to have a plethora of college opportunities. He recapped a few of the offers he knows he already has.
"Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, Alabama, West Virginia - a bunch of other schools," Howard said.
With regards to Florida and Miami, Howard said he believes the offers stand despite the staff changes in Gainesville and Coral Gables. In fact, he plans to see both of those in-state schools later this month.
"I am going to Miami, I think on the 26th," Howard said. "I am also planning to go to Florida on the 19th. I was supposed to go on the 12th, but I am taking my SAT, so I couldn't make it and had to reschedule for the 19th."
Howard has previously visited Florida, attending their game against Kentucky this past season.
At this point, he says that a trio of schools is standing out.
"Florida, Florida State, and LSU stand out the most," Howard said. "That is because they are recruiting me the most. LSU because they are a defensive back school."
When it comes time to decide, Howard is looking for a place that will remind him of home.
"I just want to find a place with the right atmosphere that feels like home," Howard said. "I want to have a bond with my coaches and my teammates."