Colorado State's December 2 recruiting weekend is expected to be one of the biggest in recent memory. Among the recruits scheduled to be in attendance is Independence C.C. (Kan.) defensive lineman Christian Howard.
The 6-foot-2, 280-pound lineman primarily plays defensive end for Indy, but CSU defensive line coach Ricky Logo has expressed to Howard his desire to play him inside at nose tackle on occasion. Howard said Logo likes his size, technique and high motor in the trenches.
"He believes I have a good burst on the ball. Other coaches have said I have a high motor," Howard said. "I can be a valuable pass rusher for them."
Howard picked up a Colorado State offer earlier in November and holds the Rams in his top three. Howard's teammate and buddy at Indy, giant offensive tackle Ben Knox, committed to CSU last weekend. Knox has filled Howard in on the latest happenings at CSU to give him a good idea of what to expect going into his visit.
"They're in the Mountain West Conference and they're a notable school, and I really like that. Me and Ben talked a lot... I'm kinda happy he committed there. I'm just weighing my options to Colorado State, you know. He's told me a lot about it and he's already been on his visit, so me and him got to chop it up on how it is there."
The spring graduate is planning to make a commitment in January, so he is in no rush to come to a decision. As a sophomore in 2016, Howard collected 33 tackles and two sacks in eight games, but he was a consistent disruptive force in the backfield.
His versatility and ability netted him offers from Arkansas State, CSU, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, and New Mexico State. Syracuse is also showing strong interest and Howard admitted the Orange are his current recruiting favorite.
He committed to Arkansas State over the summer, but has since backed off that commitment. He plans on visiting Arkansas State and Georgia State in late January before reaching a final verdict.
What is he looking for in a school?
"Diversity, a good defense, because I'm a defensive player, and a want to win," he said.
Howard will have three years to play two starting in the 2017 season.