Posted: 3:00 pm Thursday, January 21st, 2010

American Heritage CB Isaiah Howard commits to Georgia State 

By Jason Lieser

After three years as Boynton Beach’s starting quarterback, Isaiah Howard felt he needed a change. He transferred to American Heritage to play cornerback and the move led to a small number of scholarship offers.

Howard considered several options, but said today he is committed to Georgia State, which is in Atlanta and will begin its first football season this fall.

Howard is headed to Georgia State. (Gary Coronado/The Post)

Howard is headed to Georgia State. (Gary Coronado/The Post)

“I have a chance to be part of something special,” Howard said. “It’s the first team. I’ll be one of the first guys ever running out of the tunnel.”

Howard (5-11, 163, 4.51, No. 47 on The Big Board) had offers from Wagner and Central Michigan as well.

He visited Georgia State last weekend and was sold on the trip. He is excited about the prospect of living in Atlanta and playing home games in the Georgia Dome.

Several prominent programs looked at Howard last fall, but he said they lost interest when his grades slipped. Howard said he struggled academically when his grandmother fell ill and eventually passed away, but now is qualified and cleared.

Howard played cornerback and wide receiver for the Stallions this year and helped the team win the Class 1A state championship last month. He caught four touchdown passes last season and had five interceptions.

“They want me to start off on defense because it’s the quickest way to get on the field, but they’ll bounce me back to offense at times,” Howard said of Georgia State.

To read the Post‘s feature story on Howard that ran last month, click here.

Georgia State currently has five local players on its roster: Glades Day QB Bo Schlechter, Glades Central LB Robert Ferguson, Lake Worth RB Rosevelt Watson, Lake Worth RB Dan Williams and Clewiston RB Darris Hughes.

All commitments are non-binding. No player is locked into a school until he signs a national letter of intent. The first day seniors can sign is Feb. 3, national signing day.