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Florida State recruit Sam Howell, a major UNC target, named N.C. prep football player of year

Sam Howell talks about Florida State, UNC trying to recruit him

Sun Valley High quarterback Sam Howell talks about his commitment to Florida State and the continued recruitment by returning North Carolina head coach Mack Brown.
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Sun Valley High quarterback Sam Howell talks about his commitment to Florida State and the continued recruitment by returning North Carolina head coach Mack Brown.

Indian Trail Sun Valley High quarterback Sam Howell is the 2018 Gatorade N.C. football player of the year.

Howell has committed to Florida State, but told the Observer this week that Seminoles offensive coordinator Walt Bell leaving Tallahassee to take the head job at Massachusetts would have a “major impact” on his recruitment. Howell is being hotly pursued by UNC coach Mack Brown and Miami coach Mark Richt.

This season, Howell threw for 3,240 yards and 36 touchdowns. He completed 179-of-299 passes with eight interceptions and he ran for 1,392 yards and 17 scores on 175 carries. He’s a two-time Southern Carolinas conference offensive player of the year and will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

247Sports, a national recruiting site, ranks Howell the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in America.

Howell, who has a 4.09 GPA, has volunteered locally on behalf of a homeless shelter, youth sports programs and an elementary school reading initiative.

“Sam Howell is the real deal,” said Michael Hertz, head coach at Porter Ridge High. “He’s as good as any high school quarterback I’ve seen, and I’ve been coaching for 20-plus years. He’s incredibly accurate and he can make all the throws, and the thing that makes him so difficult to defend is that he is a truck running the ball.”

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