Signing Day Capsule: Trevor Howard

As Trevor Howard puts ink to paper, we get an expert opinion on the still-growing defensive end out of Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, from the same league that brought you the Mekari Brothers.

"Their program is on the rise, they have nowhere to go but up." – Trevor Howard

The Skinny on California signee Trevor Howard from Brandon Huffman: Howard is one of the more versatile players in the state and could be used in a variety of ways in college. He plays linebacker, defensive end and tight end at the H.S level and has the ability to play any of the three positions for the Bears. He has a linebacker frame, but is very strong and is a natural pass rusher.

Greg Biggins’s Take: At the SoCal NIKE Camp back in March, he dominated the one-on-one drills working out with the defensive ends. He showed a great burst off the line, a variety of pass rush moves and violent hands. He has a great motor and plays with a consistent effort. He's a plus athlete as well and has the ability to run down plays from behind and shows excellent closing speed. He also looked very good catching the ball as a tight end during the spring/summer 7v7 circuit and could easily fill an offensive role at the next level if needed.

BT’s Take: Howard – who’s trained with and learned from former Cal and NFL defensive end Andre Carter -- has gotten even bigger and stronger since his season prematurely ended with a torn ACL, and it won’t be long before he sees the field. He’s way ahead of schedule on rehab, and even if he has to redshirt this year, coaches think he can be every bit as dominant as Brennan Scarlett has been when he’s been healthy. Expect Howard to step into Scarlett’s shoes once he leaves, whether it be sooner or later.

Sonny's Take: “Trevor is somebody with great upside who is still growing. He’s a rangy and long defensive end that really moves around well. I think he’s going to develop into a good player.”

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