Ball State Class of '08: Josh Howard continues to highlight each player in the class of 2008 and doing a brief scouting report on each of the 24 players in the class (21 new players signed and 3 greyshirts). Today we have the eighth of those 24 installments.

Joshua Howard 6-1 190, S Inkster, MI (Inkster)

What he brings: Where do I begin? Josh is one of the more overlooked but also more promising players in this class and should inject an almost immediate dose of help to the Cardinals' secondary. Howard does many things well. He has good size for a collegiate safety (6-1 190), better than average speed (4.5 40), packs the wallop when he hits and attacks the running game with reckless abandon. John is another young man who played for a great high school program and also has plenty of talent to boast. He is at home playing centerfield as a single safety in high school, not allowing anything over his head while still attacking the opponents ground game.

Areas of improvement: This list is short, the Cardinals took 3 safety prospect in this class and all three will battle to start in the near future and I could foresee all three being very successful. Howard does need to make sure that he can adjust to playing the difference in speed that a Division 1 WR will bring as opposed to what he faced in high school. The only other area to work on is run/pass recognition, but you would be hard pressed to find a true freshman safety that does not need to work on this facet. grade: I really like Howard on film and thus feel that he can be a playmaker in the secondary in a few years. His best football is truly ahead of him and Howard has all the makings of a All-MAC type player.

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