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Howell participating in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas today

The 82nd Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas High School All-Star Championship will be played on Saturday, Dec. 15th, at 1 p.m. from Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford in Spartanburg, S.C.

Florida State quarterback pledge Sam Howell will be wearing No. 2 for the North Carolina roster. He is the lone FSU commitment in the game.

The game can be viewed on WatchESPN by clicking here.

Howell, who is still being pursued by North Carolina and others, has had a strong week of preparation in Spartanburg. He was praised as the ‘Alpha Dog’ after the second day of practice and those observing practices regularly stated he was the best quarterback participating in the event.

The talented signal-caller, who is also scheduled to play in the All-American Bowl, spoke about FSU’s potential offensive coordinator hire – Kendal Briles – earlier this week during a practice for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. You can read more here.

“I’ve never talked to him before,” Howell said of Briles. “I know he has a really good offense. I really like what he does.”

Howell also added that he remains committed to the Seminoles.

“I’m committed to Florida State, so that is where I’m at,” Howell said.

FSU went in-home with Howell’s parents this week, sending running backs coach Donte’ Pimpleton and wide receivers coach David Kelly. Head coach Willie Taggart went in-home last week.

The Tar Heels continue to pursue. After they named Phil Longo as their offensive coordinator, he made his way into the living room of Howell’s parents. New North Carolina head coach Mack Brown checked in on Howell prior to that visit, soon after he was hired in Chapel Hill. You can read more on Longo’s visit here.

After that visit, Sam’s father, Duke, spoke about what is next in the process for Sam and his family.

“I have always said he’s not signing with a school that doesn’t have an OC, but that will be Sam’s call,” the elder Howell said. “I don’t know at that point what he’ll actually do. It might be irrelevant — he might be comfortable with Longo and say, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ Or he might say, ‘I want to see who they’re going to hire [at FSU].'”

Howell has toyed with the idea of not signing next week and just enroll at his chosen school in January. According to his father, it’s almost a guarantee Howell signs sometime during the December Signing Period.

“I think he’s going to sign,” Duke Howell said. “We’ve got packets today from Carolina sitting on the table. But, he will sign in the Early Signing Period — I don’t know if it will be the 19th or the 21st, but he’s going to sign his papers. I think he wants it done and start making plans to move in.”

Come Sunday, the Howells will begin deliberations.

“We’re going to sit down as a family and see where everybody is at — me, Amy, and Sam,” Duke Howell added. “We’re going to see what [Sam’s] comfortable with right now… I think Sam needs a little bit of time to think. Florida State doesn’t have an OC yet, and that’s going to weigh on his time frame.”

Today, the focus is on the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

The full North Carolina roster can be found here.

The full South Carolina roster can be found here. will provide updates in the comment section below.

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