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2023 Four-Star QB Mack Howard Beginning to Build Relationship with Pitt; Plans Visit



Individual and team success play a role in attempting to land big recruits and Mack Howard is an example of that.

Howard is a 2023 four-star quarterback from Columbus, Mississippi and today he tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’ll be making an unofficial visit to Pitt on April 2.

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The 6-foot-3, 186-pound athlete is ranked by Rivals as the 13th-ranked pro-style quarterback in the class of 2023. Howard received his offer from the Panthers on February 27 from Pitt assistant quarterbacks coach Jonathan DiBiaso and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, Jr.

“The biggest thing for me is I really want to get around and see everywhere,” said Howard. “It doesn’t matter where the school is and if it has that home feel to it, that’s where I want to be, no matter where it is. My relationship with the Pitt staff is really good. Most of my conversations have been with Coach DiBiaso, he just got there from Vanderbilt. I’ve also talked with Coach Tiquan Underwood a little bit. I’m really starting to develop a good relationship with them and I’m looking forward to my visit there.

“The biggest reasons for my interest in Pitt are, first of all, they have an unbelievable program. Obviously, they won the ACC this year and had a great season. What also attracts me is Kenny Pickett, who was developed in that offense. I know that the offensive coordinator left that developed him but still, the coaches and players in that program are still really talented. They have the Biletnikoff Award winner on the roster, so they have a lot of things that are attractive to a quarterback.”

Like Pitt, Howard enjoyed a ton of team and individual success last season as he led Heritage Academy to a 12-1 record and a Mississippi state championship. For the season, Howard threw for 3,475 yards, 73 percent completion percentage, 47 touchdowns and ran for six more.

“One of the things you’ll hear most about my game is my accuracy and my athletic ability,” said Howard. “I’m able to move around in the pocket and make plays with my feet, along with putting the ball where it needs to be. I also believe that a strength of mine is reading coverages. Pre-snap, I can always look at the defense and tell one high or two high and where I want to go with the ball pre-snap. That’s a big strength of mine along with my arm strength.”

Howard will be doing plenty of traveling in the months of March and April as he’s already made trips to Houston, Miami (FL), UAB, Mississippi State and Florida Atlantic. Upcoming visits will include Pitt, Utah and Virginia Tech.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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