May 1, 2006

Howard knew NC State was his choice all along

Wide receiver Steven Howard was NC State's third known verbal commitment from the Class of 2007 when he pledged to head coach Chuck Amato Tuesday afternoon during a phone call.

"I just got off the phone with him," Howard told The Wolfpacker last Tuesday in an interview. "He said he was real excited."

Amato was excited for good reason. Howard is a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder who caught 49 passes for 748 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior for Olympic High in Charlotte.

"When I first got the offer from them I knew I was going there," Howard said. "They showed me the love. I really liked everything about them, the coaches, the players, the facilities, the food, everything.

"I just wanted to take my time at first and make sure I saw all my options, but I always knew I wanted to go to NC State."

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