Christian Howard has been a target of the Arkansas State Red Wolves for a long time.
A year ago the Red Wolves talked to Howard, a 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive end, about transferring in and having three years to play in Jonesboro. Things didn’t work out, a year later he gave the Red wolves coaches the words they wanted to hear.
“Coach Early has been after me a long time,’’ said Howard, who now attended Independence (Kan.) Community College. “He made me feel really wanted.”
Howard, who currently holds an offer from Louisiana Tech, will graduate from Independence in December and plans to sign with the Red Wolves then and enroll in January.
Keeping up with Howard, who is from Indianapolis, has not been easy. He played at Dodge City CC as a freshman, then transferred to LA Pearce for his sophomore season, but he wound up redshirting. He is back in Kansas, prepping for the 2016 season.
“When I decided I was coming back to Kansas Independence was the first one to offer me a scholarship so I grabbed it,’’ he said.
In high school at Arsenal Tech, he played defensive tackle, tight end and fullback. And he said he would tell the Arkansas State coaches he would not mind lining up there when needed.
“I can do some damage,’’ he said.
He has not visited the campus yet but plans to make it there this summer. Playing a role in his commitment were former Dodge City players, Chris Booker, Antwon Turnage Kyle Martin, all who will be on the Red Wolves’’ roster for 2016. He said he also knew safety Cody Brown, who played at Independence.
“The Arkansas State coaches told me I could play on the end some but they needed some pass rush on the inside,’’ he said. “I can do that.”
Howard is the Red Wolves’ second commitment for the 2017 class. Fort Smith Southside lineman Hunter Moreton has also committed.