September 26, 2011

Florida athlete Howard talks Vols

Orlando, Fla., athlete Alton Howard is far from the player he used to be when he first started playing football. His early days as a plump player in youth football earned him a nickname that's stuck to this day.

"I was chubby in pop warner ball and they called me 'Pig.' I was so big that I got to play only like 10 plays a game," Howard said of what now seems like an ill-fitting moniker.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound do-it-all athlete has come a long way from his football beginnings. Now, he's an elite high school prospect with dozens of offers.

Rivals.com ranks Howard a four-star prospect and the No. 43 ranked wide receiver in the country.

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