University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said back on signing day that his staff left a couple of spots open in the Class of 2017 in case they found a prospect late they wanted to add.
The Cardinals last week added South Carolina transfer Boosie Whitlow for one of those spots. Could Antonio Howard be the next?
Howard, a native of South Florida and current cornerback from Independence Community College, has been one of the hottest junior-college prospects this spring with a bunch of schools trying to get into his recruitment. Howard confirmed to Cardinal Authority that Louisville extended him a scholarship this morning and is trying to work out a visit.
"Most definitely I want to visit," said Howard, who made a visit to Texas A&M last week.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Howard is from Hialeah, Fla., told Scout.com that Ole Miss, Charlotte, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Ohio U., and Southern Mississippi were his offers and he has since also added Iowa State.
Howard said TCU, Rutgers and Arizona State were also working to get him to make a visit.
He made 19 tackles, 14 of them solo, three tackles for loss, two sacks and forced two fumbles during his freshman season.
A one-time West Virginia commitment, Howard was a three-star prospect from Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School. He signed with Marshall out of high school. His father, Antonio Brown, played for West Virginia in the early 2000's and spent three years on NFL rosters.