But the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Howard said that didn't work out, so he started looking around at some other schools.
"And then he said "out of the blue," University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino called him and they hit it off.
"He sounds like a great guy," Howard said. "He contacted me, they offered me and I am going to take a visit there this weekend.
"I'm excited about it all."
U of L announced 21 players in the class on Wednesday but Petrino said he could have a couple of late additions to the '14 group.
And Howard could be one of those.
Howard committed to Texas Tech in November over an offer from West Virginia. He said he's also been in contact with Middle Tennessee but noted he wants to make a decision, "as soon as I get back from Louisville."
"I know about Louisville from (Teddy) Bridgewater and I've followed (Damian) Copeland a lot," Howard said. "I liked watching them. I'm excited to see what it's like."
A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Howard is set to graduate from Coffeyville in May and would enroll at a school this summer. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
As a sophomore at Coffeyville, Howard had 53 tackles, three for loss, two interceptions (one for a TD), five pass breakups, forced two fumbles, recovered one (for a 35-yard TD) and blocked two kicks in nine games.
Howard was also picked as a honorable mention all-state selection by Scout.com his senior season at Tuscaloosa Northridge High in 2011.