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Baseball: Liberty Christian's Howell commits to Auburn

A month ago, Liberty Christian outfielder Kason Howell was struggling to make a splash on the college recruiting scene. Now it seems like he has everyone's attention.

Howell, a senior, announced his commitment to Auburn on Tuesday night, ending a short but eventful recruiting process that also saw him pick up offers from high-profile programs such as Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, TCU, Arkansas and Alabama. 

"It feels like I just got noticed, and it's been crazy ever since," Howell said. "I felt like I was on the phone with someone every night.

"It's been a whirlwind, but it's great to know where I'll be going to school next."

Howell said he made his decision over the course of the last few days, but he didn't make it public knowledge until Tuesday evening via his Twitter account. 

As a junior, Howell batted .466 with six home runs, 36 RBIs and 27 stolen bases to go with a .786 slugging percentage.

Howell was recently named to the Rangers squad for the 2017 Area Code Baseball Games, a five-day showcase featuring some of the top players in the country. That event is slated for Aug. 6-10 in Long Beach, California.

The buzz surrounding the Warriors' star began at the end of June with an offer from TCU, which he said came after he competed in a tryout for the Area Code Baseball Games.

Auburn, he said, was the perfect fit from a baseball perspective and comfort level. Howell said he and his family lived in Auburn, Alabama, for three or four years before moving to Texas when he was 11.

"I love this program, and coach [Butch] Thompson is a great guy whom I truly connect with," Howell said. "My roots are in Auburn, and it makes sense. This feels awesome."

Liberty coach Johnny Isom said Auburn is getting an exciting player.

"Kason is a five-tool freak who can do everything on the field," Isom said. "He's honestly better than a lot of the guys he competes against. But the best part about him is the type of person he is. He's an incredible young man and easy to coach. He will work his tail off at Auburn."

STEVE GAMEL can be reached at 940-566-6869 and via Twitter at @NewspaperSteve.