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Michigan commit comes up big
Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI point guard Franklin Howard has yet to play a minute of his junior season after tearing his ACL in July, but that has not scared off a number of schools from recruiting him.
"I'll probably be back sometime in either January or February," Howard told Rivals.com. "I'm still getting recruited by a lot of schools though. It's even been stronger with some of the schools lately. It's been going good. The main ones I've been talking to lately are Syracuse, Ohio State, N.C. State, Georgetown, Maryland, UConn and Virginia. All of those schools have offered too."
Howard insists no schools have jumped out to an early lead in his mind.
"Right now, they are all the same to me. I'm wide open. They are all great schools and have great basketball programs, so it's hard to make a decision between all of them," Howard said.
Syracuse has generated a lot of buzz in Howard's recruitment in recent months.
"Syracuse is a great school," Howard said. "They have a great coach, a legendary coach. They do a lot with their guards. I loved the visit when I went there. They will definitely be in the picture when it's all said and done."
An unofficial visit to Ohio State last month has the Buckeyes firmly in the mix for Howard.
"Ohio State is also a great school," Howard said. "I had a good visit there. I went there in November and they have a big school. I like the way their coaches deal with their players. They have good coaches and I like the way they develop their players."
Since Mark Turgeon arrived at Maryland, the Terrapins have done a much better job reeling in top players from nearby and they are hoping to build on that by adding Howard to their 2015 class.
"Maryland is the hometown team, so I get to see them quite a bit. I like Maryland. The coaches have been great and I like the way Coach Turgeon coaches their team," Howard said.
Howard hasn't nailed down a time frame as to when a verbal commitment will be made.
"Whenever I feel the time is right and I know which I want to choose is when I'll make a decision," he said. "It could be tomorrow or it could be next year. I'm looking for a school that is big on development and will help me get to the next level. I want a great academic school with a great fan base and community where they love basketball."