Head coach Mark Dantonio recently noted that number could hit the upper range as the season progresses, due to a number of factors. It's a fuzzy business.
As of now, the 4-star junior college wideout is still being heavily recruited by MSU (he says he talks to secondary coach Harlon Barnett often) and believes a Spartan scholarship will be on the table when things are all said and done.
"If I had to commit today, that's probably where I would go — Michigan State," Howard says.
The current Spartan staff recruited Howard to Cincinnati a few years ago and built a strong bond before Howard was declared academically ineligible. The staff recommended College of the Sequoias so Howard headed west.
"Coach Dantonio is like my dad out there," Howard says. "Everybody, I'm just so cool with them, I know them all. Plus they know what I can do on the field, that's why they're trying to get me to come back."
If things were not to work out with MSU, Howard has backup plans. He says Virginia Tech is another favorite, along with Arizona State. Other BCS schools to have offered include California, Arizona, Florida State, Indiana, Purdue and Illinois.
"I mean, I have a lot of offers," Howard says when asked if he felt pressure to make a decision. "I'm really just chilling right now."