December 16, 2012

Howell ready for Wake

Ford Howell graduates from High School in December, so he can enroll at Wake Forest a semester early and participate in spring practice.

"It's exciting," Howell said. "It's going to be a big adjustment, but I'm excited about it."

"The reason I'm coming early is because they think they might need me next year, so I don't think I'll get redshirted if I do well."

Howell added Wake Forest defensive coordinator and inside linebacker coach Brian Knorr expects him to help right away or compete to contribute early.

This comes after the 6-foot-2 and 226-pound Memphis (Tenn.) University School inside linebacker impressive senior campaign. He recorded 72 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, six quarterback hurries, two interceptions, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery to help University School to a 10-3 finish and a state championship appearance.

"I feel like I played pretty well and made a lot more big plays and definitely improved from last season physically and trying to continue that improvement," Howell said.

He played in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game Saturday, Dec. 8, making eight tackles, a pass breakup and a punt block to complete his prep career.

Howell, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and was previously committed to NC State, switched to the Demon Deacons Wednesday, July 11.

"The All-Star game was awesome," Howell said. "There was a bunch of D-I guys, so it was good to play against those guys and with them. It was a fun experience."

Steed Lobotzke was Howell's primary recruiter for the Deacs, while Knorr was also in regular contact with the Memphis linebacker.

"They [Knorr and Lobotzke] were definitely huge for my recruitment, because they were kind of the guys that got me to switch over to Wake Forest and change my mind and convince me that Wake was the right place for me to go," Howell said.

Howell added the education Wake Forest offers, the team and the coaching staff were significant factors in decision.

"I'm really excited about it [Wake's 2013 recruiting class]," Howell said. "Hopefully we get another ACC Championship. We have some really good players and some really good guys. Coach Lobo was definitely excited about what he thought we could do in the future. It's just up to us."

The Howell family entertained Lobotzke for an in-home visit last week.

"It was good," Howell said. "We had a big group of my family over, and he gave a presentation about the school. That went really well, and then we talked a little bit just me, my mom and my dad and him and my sister and then we went and ate Barbeque."

"I haven't had any North Carolina [Barbeque], but it's going to be tough to beat Memphis."

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