Posted: 1:08 pm Tuesday, August 11th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Boynton Beach football coach Rick Swain was a little concerned when his starting quarterback did not show for the Tigers’ opening practice. Then he got a surprising text message.
Quarterback Isaiah Howard, an all-area honorable mention pick last season, sent the message, saying he is transferring to American Heritage for his senior year.
“I’m not upset; he’s a kid,” Swain said. “I don’t understand it, but he said it was a family decision.”
Howard said his family has wanted him to transfer to American Heritage for a few years, but his “heart was in Boynton.”
American Heritage coach Willie Bueno said he was aware Howard (6-0, 170) had contacted the school’s admissions office, but has not seen him on campus and did not know if he would see Howard on the football field this week.
Howard said he expects his enrollment to be finalized Wednesday morning and could practice join American Heritage for its afternoon practice.
The Stallions are well stocked at quarterback with returning starter Billy Strode and multi-purpose athlete Darius Millines. Millines, the Stallions’ top overall player, is Howard’s cousin.
Howard would likely play defensive back or wide receiver at American Heritage. Swain said he had planned to use Howard at those positions this fall to help him with recruiting. He claims a scholarship offer from Southern Miss as a wide receiver and is expecting offers from Vanderbilt, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Ole Miss and Louisville.
Swain said Howard was on campus working out all summer and gave the coaching staff no indication he was considering a transfer.
Howard’s departure leaves Boynton Beach with four players competing for the starting quarterback job this month, Swain said.
Howard said he regretted the way he exited Boynton Beach.
“It was tough because a lot of people were counting on me this year,” he said. “I know that I let them down. I know I should have handled it in a more professional manner. I should have given them notice instead of dropping the bomb on them.”