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Receiver Howard Latest Tennessee Commit To Look Elsewhere

Add Alton “Pig” Howard to the list of Tennessee commits looking at other schools.

The wide receiver from Edgewater (Fla.) High School in Orlando, Fla., said Tuesday he’s considering other schools because of criticism surrounding Tennessee’s program.

“Well, I’m still considering (Central Florida), Florida, West Virginia,” Howard said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “(They’re) still number one, but at the same time they’ve been having some dilemmas. So I’m not 100 percent sure what’s going on. A lot of coaches have left on their own. I think I heard a couple coaches got fired.”

Tennessee has seen four coaches depart during the offseason, including former wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett. Darin Hinshaw will coach receivers next season after coaching quarterbacks for the Vols during the last two years.

Howard, who’s seen time at running back in Under Armour All-American practice this week, had originally planned to enroll in college this month but instead will wait until the summer. That will give him time to consider his options before National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

“You always have to have a backup plan, man,” Howard said. “Just in case things don’t go your way.”

Tennessee has seen several commits in the last week express an interest in looking at other schools.

Cornerback Kenny Crawley, safety LaDarrell McNeil and linebackers Otha Peters and Dalton Santos have all maintained they’re committed to the Vols but will look at other options before making a final decision.

Two prospects, linebacker Khalid Henderson and wide receiver Keithon Redding, decommitted from Tennessee during the weekend.



Exactly Keith! It was suggested to Henderson weeks ago that he should start lookin around, so the vols could open some room. So this new news isn't the issue. It was reported weeks ago that Pig wouldn't have the things in place to be an EE. So again this new news isn't the issue with that.

Leaving out tid bits of info is what pays the bills I guess. Especially when the coaches are in a dead period and can't get to really explain to every recruit that things are ok, and a plan is in place. It's natural for a recruit to wonder what the plan is going to be after change, but to make it sound like the sky is falling just to get web hits is just sad.


Herein lies the problem with rumors and innuedos surrounding a college program. Media outlets, message boards, etc. generate things that aren't always necessarily true, then the kids get gun-shy. Then the head coach is busy trying to recruit and run the program, has to stop and address the b.s. Crazy! It's the constant-stream-of-data-instantaneous-results-I-want-it-all-now-what-have-you-done-for-me-today world we live in. Calm down, deep breath, everything is okay. This ship is not sinking!


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