published Monday, January 28th, 2013

Christian Academy of Knoxville's Davis Howell chooses Mocs

Davis Howell made history during his high school football career at the Christian Academy of Knoxville, setting a national record with 358 receptions.

Despite being 6-foot-2, 190 pounds and clearly in possession of a good set of hands, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was the only Division I school to offer him a scholarship. Howell was offered the scholarship last week and took his official visit Saturday, committing to the Mocs before heading back to Knoxville.

"I was considering some other colleges, but UTC was always the front-runner," said Howell, who had a few Division II offers and had received some interest from some FCS schools.

Howell caught 143 passes for 22 touchdowns and nearly 2,000 yards as a senior. It was during CAK's 48-14 rout of Milan in the Class 3A state championship game that Howell set the record. He had 15 catches for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the game.

The notoriety of setting the record increased the recruiting activity around him a little, but he said he expected more Division I interest. And not getting it will make him a very motivated player when he joins the Mocs.

"All the other schools that didn't offer me or thought that I couldn't play or wouldn't fit into their system, they better look out," he said.

Howell is the second receiver to commit to the Mocs, joining North Cobb (Ga.) High School's Xavier Borishade. National signing day is Feb. 6.

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about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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