October 21, 2017 Atlanta - Georgia Tech's Ramblin' Wreck leads the band, cheerleaders, Buzz, players, and coaches before the start of the Georgia Tech home game against the Wake Forest during an NCAA college football game at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday, October 21, 2017. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

16th commitment for Georgia Tech is OL Trent Howard

Georgia Tech received another commitment, this one from the first guard to accept a scholarship for the 2020 signing class.

Trent Howard, a three-star prospect from Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala., announced his commitment Monday. Coach Geoff Collins’ class is now at 16, with three players having made their decisions public since Wednesday.

Howard’s recruitment moved fairly quickly, as he announced his scholarship offer from Tech on May 20. He also lists offers from Miami, Louisville, Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College, among others. He received his first power-conference offer (Miami) in late March. He also has an offer from Dartmouth, indicating a superior academic profile.

By the ratings of 247Sports Composite, he is just outside the top 1,000 among all prospects in the country.

Howard, listed at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, was named second-team all-state in Alabama this past season in Class 5A, the third largest classification in the state. While a guard prospect, Howard could conceivably play tackle in college with his height and long arms. On his highlight video, he shows agility, a quick first step and a taste for finishing off blocks.

Howard is the second prospect to join the class from Alabama, following defensive end Eddie Watkins of Evergreen, Ala.

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