Illinois Following Rising Ohio WR

Every year in recruiting you hear about a prospect that was not on anyone's radar until his senior season. This year's version is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. he's not just good, according to him he may be the best wide receiver in the "Buckeye State".

Last season, Jamar Howard endured hard times at Western Hills high school. After the starting quarterback went down, Howard was forced to step in and take the helm. This year Howard has joined Doc Gamble's Withrow High program and he loves every minute of it.

"I had to play QB at Western, I think that hurt me as far as recruiting goes," Howard said. "The school didn't help me very much academically or give me any exposure. This year I'm getting exposure. I think I'm the best receiver in the state, and one of the top players in the country, but nobody knows me. I'm not worried about rankings, I'll just keep working and I'll show everyone once I get to college."

The 6-foot-5, 210 pound, standout has made up for lost time as he has snared 32 passes for 585 yards and ten touchdowns. Howard has added a touchdown on the ground as well on a 39-yard reverse.

"To be honest, I knew I could play, but I didn't know I was this good," he said. "A lot of people doubted me until we went to passing camps this summer and I showed what I could do. I'm always trying to get better I'm always lifting or running with a parachute."

Howard has caught the eye of several recruiters as he has garnered offers from Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio, Pittsburgh, and Illinois.

"I haven't set up any visits yet, I'm waiting for my SAT scored to set up visits," he said. "I was going to go to Pitt this weekend, but my ride fell through. I definitely plan on taking an official there and see what their all about."

Remarkably football was not always Howard's first love.

"I always loved basketball," Howard said. "I realize football is where I can make my money."

Howard plays for the Queen City AAU team with Adrion Graves. Graves was supposed to accompany Howard to Pitt this weekend.

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