Howard Lingard talks to UFI about commitment

Posted Nov 9, 2002

Howard Lingard made a commitment to the Florida Gators last weekend. UFI talks with him about his decision to cast his lot with Florida.

Howard Lingard came in under the radar screen this year after transferring in to Oviedo High School from Pine Ridge in Deltona, FL. He has been a welcome addition to Oviedo this season as he has done it all on the field. Lingard has lined up at fullback, tailback, outside linebacker, and wide receiver this year, and has roughly 700 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns to go along with 80 tackles and 3 sacks.

At 6-3 and 215 pounds Lingard has the frame to play many positions. With an impressive 79 inch wingspan, Lingard is likely to begin at outside linebacker for Florida.

"I committed to Florida right before the game last weekend against Georgia," said Lingard. "I had scholarship offers from Florida State, South Florida, and Central Florida to go along with the offer from Florida. I chose Florida because I really like Coach Jerry Odum. He's been recruiting me the hardest, and I think I'll fit in to the system well and be able to helping out. I love the crowds at The Swamp too. My dream has always been to get a scholarship to play football, and I'm excited that my dream has come true."

Lingard is teammates with Gator commitment Clint McMillan, and together they have led Oviedo to a 9-1 record on the season. They will learn exactly who their playoff opponent will be after tonight's games.

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