Bearcat Insider has learned that Jamar Howard, a 2006 signee at Minnesota, is back on the recruiting market. Howard was rated a three star recruit and #7 prospect in the Midwest according to scout.com last year. This 6' 5" receiver is being pursued by Cincinnati and Illinois, among others. A number of schools have offered Jamar the opportunity to greyshirt and enroll after Christmas, but the Bearcats and apparently the Fighting Illini still have a scholarship to give. Howard is a qualifier but was not admitted to Minnesota so he will be eligible to compete in 2006.
Bearcat Insider Founder Dave Berk on Howard
Jamar Howard is a player I hated to see get away from the Bearcats in this class. While others on his team may have received more press, I felt Howard may have the biggest upside. Athletic with great hands and the ability to make big plays, Howard would be a great get for the Bearcats this late in the game.
Withrow High School football coach, Doc Gamble, confirmed the above information for Bearcat Insider. "He didn't get admitted to Minnesota so he's looking right now. Jamar is 6' 5" and about 205 or 210 (pounds). It's starting to be a Who's Who with the schools that are calling and asking about him, but Cincinnati is a possibility. I didn't want it to get out too much because I didn't want him to get worried. He did everything we asked him to do academically. He just didn't test too well on the SAT, but he's a qualifier. Cincinnati is definitely a place of interest. Right now he's practicing at the Big 33. When he gets back, he'll make a decision."
Some speculate that Howard wants to play in the Big Ten and give Illinois the edge in landing Howard. Illinois also started recruiting Howard sooner than Cincinnati.
Withrow has been a popular stop for the Bearcat staff this year, and Coach Dantonio has extended a number of scholarship offers to Tiger football players. Daryle Ballew, defensive tackle; Ricardo Thompson, linebacker; Derrick Sherman, receiver; and John Lee, a safety all have written scholarship offers to be Bearcats. In addition, Bryant Thomas, athlete and Wendell Blue, offensive lineman are also still in the running to get a Cincinnati offer. Both attended Sunday's camp at Cincinnati. Doc talked about Thomas and Blue while intently watching from his Nippert Stadium seat. "Thomas has a I-AA offer, but I think people are still trying to decide where to play him, and no one's pulled the trigger yet. Wendell Blue will probably be an offensive guard in college. He weighs 275 pounds right now, but he could easily be a 300 pound kid with some athleticism."
Derrick Sherman was visiting Maryland this weekend and went to Purdue on Friday, but he was expected to make a cameo visit to Nippert on Sunday. Doc doesn't expect Sherman's recruitment to drag on too much long. "He's probably going to make an early decision before the season so he can just relax and play football."
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