Posted: 4:18 pm Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Hometown talent commits to Georgia Tech 

By Michael Carvell

WR Harland Howell of Wheeler High School (Michael Carvell/AJC)

WR Harland Howell of Wheeler High School (Michael Carvell/AJC)

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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48 comments
JM64
JM64

He looks like a good fit at Ga Tech.

His GPA looks good as well.  Tha's a very imprtant part of GT recruiting.

Adamsran
Adamsran

Congrats to the young man.  Wish him nothing but success in the classroom and on the field with those 4 exceptions of playing against UGA.



AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@A.C. Howell @MissTikiBaby @MichaelCarvell


I would like to congratulate the family members that are so obviously, and deservedly, proud of Harland's accomplishments.  Please ignore the posts by @RuePaulJohnson.  He's an internet troll who only posts here to trash GT's recruits and student athletes.  He has been banned four times already, but he keeps coming back.  He trolled a recruit directly on Twitter till the recruit asked him to stop.  The rest of us here, including a few classy mutt fas, are glad to see him come to GT.  We welcome him, and you, to the GT family.


A.C. Howell
A.C. Howell

I am EXTREMELY HAPPY for AND PROUD of my Nephew!!  I've been one of his supporters since he started playing at age 5. Thank you, Atlanta and the GA Tech family for the support and welcome.  It's TRULY APPRECIATED!!

GT_Rich
GT_Rich

I liked his downfield effort to block for his RBs.  With that mentality and early enrollment, I would expect him to compete for playing time next fall. 

GMAB
GMAB

A high school WR can't  ignore the fact that GT has very good WRs in the NFL. Glad to have you, Harland. " GO JACKETS "

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Dawg-Gawn.......2 this week perhaps?  Very good news.

Dawg-Gawn
Dawg-Gawn

WR Harland Howell was scheduled to attend DawgNight July 18th vying for one of the five WR spots available in UGA's 2015Fam class... so I guess this decision will trump those plans...

Congratulations to Harland Howell on finally coming to terms on where he will continue his education and play his college football... this is a very good WR... GT got a good one...

Warning: a UGA commit watch (x 2) has been issued for the rest of this week... "Wait on It" 

"BELIEVE in the G"

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

I may be way off here Augusta Jacket but kid's today, excluding the 5 stars, are wising up to the hype.  CMR & CPJ seem to tell prospective players who they are, what they are, and what level of expectations they have for them.  To level headed kid's and their parents this rings a positive bell with them.  CPJ is not flashy but players seem to warm up to him after awhile.  Getting and keeping the good in-state players is a must for any program.  Ted Roof has made a huge impact but this is going way beyond CTR influence.  The atmosphere and energy of the recruiting efforts has gone up a notch, imho   This may very well mean the new GT AD has a reason to keep CPJ for the long term if he so desires.  Good football in the state of Georgia is good for everybody.

NOVAJacket
NOVAJacket

Gotta love the blocking highlights!

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

He looks like he has very good straight-ahead speed, which is a pretty valuable commodity as a receiver.

MissTikiBaby
MissTikiBaby

That's my younger cousin! I'm so FREAKIN proud of him! GT bound!!!! Thanks for all the amazing support Atlanta!

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

With that body and speed, will he be considered for safety? Welcome aboard!

Quackmeyer
Quackmeyer

Birmingham_Jacket.....This recruiting up-tick is disturbing to me.  Like you, what up?  Something or somebody lit a fire over there and I am not one bit happy about it!


Go Dawgs!

Wrecker
Wrecker

Welcome to the Flats, Harland!  I appreciate that you are using your talent on the field to leverage a great education.  Good luck and Go Jackets!

Old-Bill
Old-Bill

Tech has only five Interior Defensive Lineman after loosing Jimmie Kitchen.

Maybe we can borrow some of the Offensive Lineman from the Fall Class.


1942MNC
1942MNC

Looks like a good pickup & a great fit for Tech, good luck Harland except for that last game in November each year.

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

I like how he put clips of himself blocking in his highlight video. 

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

Another good pickup.  Johnson continues to surprise.  I like it!  Wonder what has happened.

REDCAP
REDCAP

Congrats on picking up a scholarship and a great education! Good luck! Go Dawgs! 

fuzzybee78
fuzzybee78

Welcome to the Georgia Tech family young man. Have a great senior season, bring it to the Flats, and show us what you got! 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Another goodun, look out Nick!

FireSomebody
FireSomebody

Can't tell if he's a player or not but he's got a great name.  Congrats.

DallasJack
DallasJack

Seems like a good kid and excellent football player. Great potential! Welcome and best of luck Harland. 

Go Jackets!









Halfback
Halfback

I like it!   GO JACKETS!

NotDisappointed
NotDisappointed

I really like what I read about this young man! Good luck, Harland Howell!

Buzz-Off
Buzz-Off

Good luck Harland and congratulations on your greatest accomplishment, your 3.8 GPA

ruffdawg
ruffdawg

I'm a Dawg fan but this fellow from what I'm seeing is very underrated.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

6-3 200 lbs...sounds like a winner...congrats...go dogs

Caius
Caius

And for the good news for GT fans, he will enroll early and go through spring practice.


ConfederateFlagBurner
ConfederateFlagBurner

Doing very well with skill positions. 

2 Big Athletic & Fast receivers 

Extreme speed & shiftiness at the aback

Need a Bback to complete the trinity

GTBob
GTBob

Very nice pickup. The recruiting momentum continues. 

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

Welcome to the Flats Harland!


He and Philpott are going to be nice tandem!

A.C. Howell
A.C. Howell

@AugustJacket...Thank you! We appreciate that.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@A.C. Howell It's great to have your nephew in the family now.  I am looking forward to seeing him play on the Flats.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Quackmeyer I have been telling people for years that CPJ is a better recruiter than people give him credit for. The problem is that everyone hammers him for 2013. There were two main issues that led to that year's poor ranking.  First, it was a really small class, and those always get hammered.  Second, we lost a lot of old talent on last minute Ute flips. When major BCS schools are stealing your commits, including FSU, Miami & uga, then you wererecruiting well but had trouble closing.  CPJ has done much better at closing since.  

A.C. Howell
A.C. Howell

@ruffdawg Yes...He is underrated!!!  He has speed...He jumps for the ball...And he's very intelligent and grounded.  GREAT parenting and family support.

Dewnsav
Dewnsav

@ruffdawg agreed...when you look at the starting lineups throughout the country, the 3 stars are WELL represented...go dogs

JacketMan
JacketMan

One of the first people to congratulate Harland on Twitter was Tech's top B-Back target, Lands-Davis. ;-)

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@RuePaulJohnson @AugustaJacket Get mad all you want icehole. but the  commitment goes both ways, the student gets a full-ride scholly, and when that happens, then TROLLSlike me then get to ask "can he help us win a CFB playoff title" and beat uga and win the ACC.

Schollies are not CHARITY, asking those kinds of questions above is trolling.

Stop acting like a friggin' person of high moral character AJ!


There.  I fixed your reply for you.  


It takes a special kind of troll to trash a kid while his relatives are in the midst of congratulating him.

OldJacketFan
OldJacketFan

@RuePaulJohnson @AugustaJacket 

Aw did our resident liar get his itty bitty feelings hurt? Awww too bad............


You calling yourself a fan is like saying the sun rises in the west. Do us all a favor, slither back under your rock and stay there until you can act like a grown up or at least like a rational human being. 


A.C Howell, this is the kind of behavior AJ was talking about. Tech fans are very much looking forward to seeing Harlan on the Flats!

GTBob
GTBob

@AugustaJacket Just to add to this CPJ has made some very good hires lately to improve things as well. Roof, Pelton, and Cook are all very good recruiters, and the recruiting staff was beefed up as well, including the addition of Joe Hamilton. These guys know what they are doing and it is showing.