Since that time the Wolverines suffered through a 5-7 season and a coaching change that has found Jim Harbaugh in control in Ann Arbor.
And Howard, who grew up watching the Wolverines from afar, couldn’t be more thrilled about the hire.
“It was huge,” Howard said. “I thought Michigan was going to be right back to where it was. I’ve always watched Jim Harbaugh coach the best of the best and him having success at that level is appealing to me and other athletes.
“Having him there he’ll bring in other prospects so Michigan can have a good team in a couple years.”
This week Michigan’s offensive coordinator Tim Drevno dropped by Howard’s school to deliver news that the Wolverines were offering a scholarship.
“He chatted with my coach for a bit,” Howard said. “Basically he just said he liked my skill set and can do it all, run great routes, have good speed and overall went over the new coaching staff.
“He thinks they’re great, have been to the NFL and can take the program places.”
Howard says Michigan will look to have a versatile attack offensively, one that would suit the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder well.
“He definitely came off as upfront and honest and very straight forward and he said they’re going to throw it around a lot and be able to pound it,” he said. “I think he’ll do a good job with the offensive line and offensive coordinator role.”
Oh, and of course to Michigan, possibly even sooner.
“Michigan has always been a dream school for me so I’ll try to get by the end of February if not I’ll go in the spring.”
Asked if the offer from the Wolverines puts Michigan in the lead in his recruitment, Howard pumped the brakes on that notion.
“I wouldn’t say they’re at the top of the list but they are definitely up there.”