Miami recruiting: Other schools pushing for longtime Hurricanes commit

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SEC schools among those pushing to flip Diamante Howard

Diamante Howard admits the constant moving of positions has been a struggle. When he began his career at Miami Southridge High School, Howard was mostly a defensive lineman. By the time he verbally committed to Miami in 2016, Howard had moved to linebacker.

Now, the 3-star outside linebacker is making another move. The rising senior spent Sunday at an Under Armour All-America Camp in Coconut Creek, Fla., working as a safety. It has been a regular occurrence for the 6-foot-2, 178-pound prospect. He did the same at The Opening Miami regional in February and plays there for the Florida Fire, his 7-on-7 team.

This spring, Howard wants to prove he can make another move.

“That’s the goal,” the linebacker told DieHards at North Broward Preparatory School on Sunday. “It’s to show I can do anything on the field because I came from D-line to linebacker, now I’m at safety.”

The constant movement has also thrown a wrench into his recruitment. While he’s still committed to the Hurricanes, Howard continues to hear from schools who want him as an in-the-box safety rather than at linebacker. Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Central Florida, Howard said, are all schools trying to pry him away from the hometown team.

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Miami, Howard said, is set on keeping him at linebacker. Undersized outside linebackers fit in defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s 4-3 defense. Howard’s mobility could one day lend itself to a role in the Hurricanes’ scheme.

“They said probably my first year I might be redshirted,” Howard said, “just to get bigger.”

Howard doesn’t have upcoming visits planned out, although spring break is next week, which means he’ll be able to take a series of college tours. The No. 590 player in the 247Sports composite rankings for the Class of 2019, Howard said he’d like to see the Gators, Georgia, Tennessee and UCF this spring. He also plans to get to Coral Gables, Fla., at some point with Miami Southridge defensive line coach Patrick Cooney, whose brother, David Cooney, is an offensive quality control analyst.

Whenever Howard gets back to campus, it will mark the end of a long drought. Howard hasn’t been on campus since July, although he did attend a handful of home games in the fall. He also has three teammates from last season who signed with the Hurricanes’ Class of 2018, including early enrollees Delone Scaife and Daquris Wiggins.

Miami, however, hasn’t been in heavy contact with Howard, and the outside linebacker won’t visit Saturday for the Hurricanes’ invite-only junior day. Whether he ultimately sticks with Miami could come down to how the Hurricanes feel about his latest position change.

If everything works out, though, Howard would love to wind up with the hometown team. He’s a cousin of Miami legend Sean Taylor. This could be another chance to follow in his footsteps

“It has been tough doing the whole four years and whatnot,” Howard said of all the position changes, “but now I’m trying for DB.”

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