At 5-11, 210 pounds and boasting 4.53-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Kenneth Howard has proven to be a load at running back for The Hun School in Princeton, NJ. As a junior, Howard rushed for 1,041 yards and 14 touchdowns en route to all-area, all-league and all-state honors. In limited action at outside linebacker, he also chipped in 32 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Based on his junior production, a solid showing at the Elite College Combine earlier this year and sheer potential, NC State was the first division one program to jump on board with a scholarship offer. Wolfpack DB coach Mike Reed is leading State's charge and made a recent visit to check in on Howard.
"Coach Reed came by the school," said Howard. "I had a chance to talk to him later and he said he had been watching my film and they were going to offer me a scholarship. I really liked coach Reed. As I've had a chance to get to know him more and more, I've really grown to like the way he is.
"Right now I've got a lot of interest in NC State. The first time they came in I was really excited even before they had offered. They are a school I would definitely consider going to."
Since earning an offer from NC State, Cincinnati has since followed suit with a pledge of their own. In addition to those two, Howard said he has several schools he's keeping a close eye on.
"I'm also looking at Maryland, Clemson, UCLA, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest and Syracuse," he said. "I know NC State, Akron, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Syracuse all came by the school. I feel like Syracuse, Maryland and Duke are close to offering me."
The Pack will get a chance to see Howard up close and personal when he makes a swing through North Carolina later this summer for several camp stops.
"I know I'll be going to camps at NC State, UNC, Wake Forest and Duke," he said. "I'm also planning to camp at Maryland and Syracuse."
For now, Howard says he's in no rush to make a collegiate decision. He plans to ride the process out for awhile before settling on a college.
"I don't want to make my decision too early," he said. "I want to see what offers I'm going to get first. I wouldn't mind committing during the season but it won't bother me to wait it out, either."