South Carolina played host to 2013 guard Matt Howard (Columbia, S.C./A.C. Flora) last week for an unofficial visit.
South Carolina, Virginia Tech, VCU and Richmond have offered 2013 guard Matt Howard.
Howard holds multiple mid-major offers to go along with several high major offers and a tender from one of the more prestigious academic schools in the country.
The 6-foot-3, 180 pound combo guard traveled with his parents to the Gamecock campus last Wednesday to meet with coaches and check out the facilities.
“It was a good trip, my parents enjoyed it a lot,” Howard said. “I got to meet and talk with (South Carolina head coach) Darrin Horn for the first time so it was a good experience.”
The message from the Gamecock head coach to Howard was very simple.
“He was just telling me about how hometown players succeed at South Carolina,” he said. “If I go there I could be the home town hero and really be a guy that gets players from Columbia going to.”
Despite growing up just minutes from the South Carolina campus it was not the basketball program that has had Howard’s attention.
“I grew up as a Carolina football fan,” he said. “I have watched some of their basketball games but I did not know much about them. This year I will make sure to get over there and check them out.”
The Gamecocks became the fourth high major school to offer Howard last week. They join several mid major programs who have stepped forward along with several BCS schools that have picked up interest since the end of July.
“I have picked up offers from Virginia Tech, VCU, Richmond and South Carolina,” he said. “I have also gotten a lot of mid major offers. Then I have several other schools like I am hearing from like Florida State, Georgia, Marquette, North Carolina State and Clemson.”
Along with all the big names Howard has picked up a special offer that means a great deal to him.
“Harvard called my father last week and told them I had a roster spot if I was interested,” he said. “I do not think they can offer actual scholarships but that really meant a lot to me. I have pushed myself to do well off the basketball court and to have a school like Harvard offer means something very special.”
Howard plans to wait until next spring or summer to make a decision but has an idea of what he will be looking for as he checks out different schools this winter.
“I am looking for a nice campus and I want a good relationship with coaches,” he said. “It is also going to be important for the school to have the major that I end up deciding on.”