Three-star Hanahan (S.C.) linebacker
Marcus Howard gave a thumbs up to
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his official visit to Clemson this weekend.
was great. Couldn't have been any better," he said. "I got to hang out with some
of the players and other recruits, which was cool to just spend time getting to
know what it's like around them but away from football. It also gave me a chance
to get more familiar with the coaches. They didn't pressure me at all. They said
they'd be there with a scholarship whenever I was ready, and never mentioned my
brother (Tigers defensive end J.J. Howard) once. That was real nice. They
treated me like I was my own man.
"Maurice Faulkner was my host. He did a great job showing me around and just
spending time hanging out with me. It was a lot of fun."
Howard (6-2, 215, 4.4) said another highlight of the trip was getting to walk
into the stadium and rub the rock before running out onto the field.
"That was real cool," he said. "I could see myself doing that in the future."
Did a commitment cross his mind?
"Yes. All day Saturday I thought about going ahead and doing it," Howard
said. "If the coaches had pressured me, I probably would have, but I'm glad they
didn't. I still want to take my other two visits (Georgia on 1/17 and South
Carolina on 1/24) just to complete the process."
Howard said Clemson, N.C. State and Georgia occupy the co-leaders spot on his
list, while South Carolina is a longshot.
A member of the Rivals.com
South Carolina Top 25 team one of
the top-rated outside linebacker prospects in the South, Howard capped his
senior year with 110 tackles and four interceptions (one returned for a
touchdown). He also rushed for 996 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was named the
defensive MVP of the North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach (S.C.) last