Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater wide receiver Alton Howard made the short jaunt on Saturday evening to watch the University of Central Florida host Boston College. The Central Florida wideout was impressed by the convincing victory by the Knights over the Eagles.
"It was a great experience," Howard said. "Just seeing the atmosphere as far as the fans and what not, the stadium was packed, and the environment watching them get after it was good. It gives you a little sample of what college football is like."
Howard said he arrived a bit late to the game and was unable to speak with George O'Leary or any of his assistants prior to kickoff. That is no concern though as Howard has already developed a good relationship with the staff.
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"Whenever I get over there, Coach O'Leary, Coach (David) Kelly, the whole staff is always really welcoming, sharing jokes and what not," Howard said. "I showed up a bit late yesterday and they were already with the team. So I wasn't able to talk to them."
The talented wide receiver, who is nicknamed 'Pig', has previously named a top six of Cincinnati, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCF, and West Virginia. He doesn't claim a leader at this time, but there is no denying that the hometown team is sitting in good standing with him.
"If I was to give a top three or a top two, UCF would always be there," Howard said. "That is part of the reason I am taking all of my officials, so I can see other schools and what they have to offer to compare the other colleges. But UCF is always going to be there. If I decide to stay home, then I am going to UCF. But I am still wide open right now."
While the offense is appealing at Central Florida to Howard, he says that there are a number of other reasons why he is so high on the Knights.
"It is that I have good chemistry and a connection with the team, the coaches, and what not. They have been with me for the longest. I like the dorms. The college makes me feel at home, and even though it is home, just in general the facilities and everything feel like a home," Howard said. "If I came across another college that made me feel that way, then I wouldn't mind going there."
The 5-foot-9, 178-pound wide receiver's next visit will be this coming weekend, when he hits the road for his first official visit.
"I am supposed to be going to Cincinnati this weekend," Howard said. "That is the only official I have scheduled so far. I plan to use all five of them though."
Edgewater (1-2), who is coming off a 20-9 victory over Winter Park (Fla.), has a bye week this coming Friday.