Florida head coach Billy Napier is preparing to host a group of recruits over the first weekend of March, and the latest name to confirm a visit is four-star linebacker Grayson Howard, according to 247Sports.
The in-state product out of Jacksonville received an offer from Dan Mullen‘s staff and visited for the game against Florida Atlantic. Napier and defensive analyst Jamar Chaney stopped by Howard’s school in January, and linebackers coach Jay Bateman followed up with him.
Getting Howard on campus is the next step in his recruitment, and it helps that Gainesville is only an hour and a half drive from his high school. He’s set to arrive on March 5.
“With Florida being a top SEC program and being so close to home, Florida is going to make it a tough decision for me to consider,” Howard said to 247Sports. “But right now my recruitment is still pretty open. Florida is definitely in a good spot in my recruitment.”
Howard is the 15th-best linebacker in Florida, according to 247Sports, and Napier seems to be targeting in-state players early. Clemson and South Carolina appear to be Florida’s top competition for the 6-foot-3-inch, 223-pounder following January visits, but Howard also has been by Georgia and Tennessee in recent weeks.
247Sports has Howard at No. 184 overall nationally among 2023 high school recruits and at No. 36 in the state.
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