Like most recruits, Reggie Howard was looking for a place that felt like home. When the 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive lineman from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College visited Colorado State for the first time in July on an official visit, a high comfort level being in Fort Collins led him to commit to CSU.
Howard has been tough to get a hold of since committing late this summer, but he finally opened up on what sold him on committing to the Rams.
“The environment,” Howard said of his reason for pledging to CSU. “Then the coaches. Coach (Ricky) Logo and Coach (Mike) Bobo. They're really good coaches and I feel like I can make a really big difference.”
Howard's primary recruiter, CSU defensive line coach Ricky Logo, also played a key role in his commitment, as did head coach Mike Bobo. Howard felt he could trust them to help him grow as a person and player.
“He (Logo) has been telling me to stay focused on the task and my grades. He's a really good man. I'm just really coming to play, sir.”
On the field, Howard will be expected to come in immediately and help revamp a young CSU defensive line. While the Rams have steadily improved in the trenches, Howard's versatility and skill set should be a major boost for the CSU defensive front.
Howard can play either defensive end or tackle. At 6-foot-5 and close to 280 pounds, he has proven he has the size, skill and tenacity to flourish anywhere on the defensive line, which is a big reason CSU targeted him heavily early on in the recruiting process.
On the season, the sophomore has recorded 6.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and 37 total tackles.
“They said I'm aggressive and I get to the ball,” he said. Howard added that his commitment to CSU “is strong” and the Rams plan on using him at end and tackle.
Howard has scholarship offers from Charlotte, CSU and Northern Illinois. He believes Houston could be close to offering, while Arkansas, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, and USC are showing strong interest.
He may take other official visits after his season, but the plan is to sign his letter of intent with Colorado State in December. He will have three years to play two, although there is no plan for him to redshirt.
Howard has kept close watch of the Rams this fall and likes what he has seen. His thoughts on the CSU defense?
“They're nice, but with me, they're gonna be dominant,” he said. “I'm excited about he environment. I'm just ready to play football and win a championship.”