INDIAN TRAIL – Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell announced via Twitter on April 9 that he was committing to Florida State. Howell is one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country entering his senior season this fall.
Howell teased his 6,083 Twitter followers earlier on April 9 that a “big announcement’’ was coming at 7:30 p.m. His announcement tweet has received over 5,000 likes and over 1,500 retweets as of April 11.
Howell, who is a rising senior, is one of the top dual-threat quarterback prospects in the country. Howell had received scholarship offers from almost every major college football program in the country among his 30-plus offers before committing to Florida State. Verbal commitments are non-binding.
Last season as a junior at Sun Valley, Howell (6-foot-2, 212-pounds) was 225-of-382 passing for 3,372 yards and 36 touchdowns. He averaged 241 yards passing a game for a Spartans team that finished the season at 11-4.
Howell is also a threat on the ground after rushing 230 times for 1,594 yards and 24 more touchdowns. He rushed for over 100 yards nine times last season and had 201 yards on the ground in a victory over Porter Ridge.
Howell has accepted an invitation to the 2018 Elite 11 Quarterback Camp, which will be held in early June in Los Angeles. Eleven of the last 12 Heisman Trophy winners and 15 of the top 20 passers in the NFL last season have attended an Elite 11 Camp.
Howell has also accepted an invitation to play in the 2019 Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii. The game will be held Jan. 19, 2019 in Oahu, Hawaii and features some of the best high school football players in the country.
Organized by the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the Polynesian Bowl is a premier high school all-star game that features some of the world’s best football players of Polynesian ancestry and other heritages.