Posted: 4:18 pm Monday, June 23rd, 2014
By Michael Carvell
Georgia Tech stayed close to home for commit No. 11 of its 2015 football recruiting class.
Harland Howell, a 3-star wide receiver from Wheeler High School, committed to Georgia Tech over Boston College, Memphis and Marshall on Monday.
“It was because of the location – I’m a local guy,” Howell told the AJC. “Also, it was the education at Georgia Tech. It’s also a chance for my family to come see me play. I feel like I’m already a big part of the team. I just feel welcome here.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder brought his parents on an unofficial to Georgia Tech’s campus on Monday to deliver the news in person to Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson.
“He (Johnson) said my commitment was a big weight off his shoulders,” Howell said. “He was waiting on it. I brought my parents along in his office for the commitment, and he was waiting for it. You could just tell that he was anxious and ready for me to do it.”
Howell said it made sense to go ahead and commit rather than to drag out the recruiting process any longer.
“That’s because spots are filling up, and Georgia Tech was one of my top schools,” he said. “It just made sense to do it. Spots are filling up, and I want go ahead and be part of the family.”
Georgia Tech now has two commitments at wide receiver, along with Christian Philpott of Tallahassee, Fla. Howell isn’t exactly about his specific role with the Yellow Jackets. He’ll talk more with the coaches about that at a later date.
“They’re probably going to make me an all-purpose receiver,” Howell said. “I can stretch the field, I can get YAC (yards after catch), I can block and I can get the ball on reverses. I can do it all.”
Howell, who has a 3.8 GPA and may study Special Effects or Graphic Design, plans to enroll early at Georgia Tech in January.
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