As a Recruit
Harland Howell II committed to Georgia Tech from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia, last June over reported offers from Boston College, Marshall and Western Kentucky. Like OL Will Bryan, I'm certain he would have received more offers, but he completely shut down his recruitment, even to the point of not releasing senior highlights via Hudl. He graded out as a three-star recruit by both Rivals (5.5) and 247Sports (0.8476). Along with Bryan and a couple others, Howell enrolled in January permanently shutting down his recruitment prior to signing his letter of intent to play for Tech.
In spite of both the poor quality and age of his film, I was still able to tell three things from it. He's big, which is evident by his 6'3" 200 lbs. frame. He's fast. And he can block. Was it just me or was literally like every other highlight one of him blocking or chasing a guy downfield to block. I think he'll fit right in. Honestly, I see a lot of Demaryius Thomas in him, especially on some of those screens. My biggest problem with him is that he doesn't always extend fully to make the catch, but rather lets the ball come to him. This is something on which the coaches can work with him.
What to Expect
As was noticed in his film, he's definitely not shy when it comes to blocking, so with that and the fact that he enrolled early, I believe he's a candidate for early playing time. Tech is going to need someone to step up after the departures of Deandre Smelter and Darren Waller. We'll see how he does during the spring, but I think Howell could be one of those guys. He'll certainly be given every opportunity.
Welcome to the Flats, Harland! What are your thoughts on Harland Howell II? What kind of impact will he make this season and in his career?