Howard reaches goal with top camp invite 

March, 4, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. -- O.J. Howard was playing baseball until well after midnight on Saturday because of weather delays, but the University of Alabama commit turned around the following day and made the trip to Mobile, Ala., with one goal in mind. He wanted an invitation to The Opening in Oregon, the prestigious annual Nike camp for the country's top recruits.

The lack of sleep had no ill effect on Howard, who posted a 104.22, the combine’s top SPARQ score, and punched his ticket to Nike’s premier event in July.

“It feels good,” Howard said. “That was my main goal to come out here today and get that invite. It happened, so that’s another goal I can take off my list now and focus on the next goal. There’s going to be a lot of freak athletes out there, so I’m ready to go against those guys.”

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