Tracy Howard is almost inarguably the best cornerback in the state of Florida, and his commitment is going to come down to one of the three in-state power-houses. Howard will decide on Wednesday between the University of Florida, Florida State, and his hometown Miami Hurricanes; and a compelling case can be made for each school. Bud Elliot has a complete breakdown written up at SB Nation that weighs the pros and cons of each school. If you're a fan of either of those three teams it is worth reading, but here is the quick summary.
Miami offers the ability to play for a hometown team and probably the best chance to play right away. Howard has also commented on academic prestige of the U. But they aren't quite as successful as the other programs he is considering and their future doesn't appear to be quite as bright.
The Florida Gators are considered the favorite as they have been for a while now. That's their biggest advantage, but they also offer a scheme that enables Howard to play man-to-man coverage which you would assume is appealing to a cornerback. But after a sub-par season, the future of that program is in a little bit of question.
The Seminoles are probably the longshot, but they might offer the best chance to play for a winning team. If that proves to be more important than the other factors, including playing time, then the Seminoles might stand a chance after all.
We'll have plenty more on this situation as it develops, but for more on recruiting and all things Miami football, please head over to The 7th Floor, SB Nation's Hurricanes blog. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation. For more on the Gators, please visit Alligator Army, SB Nation's UF blog.