Looking for a top running back in the class of 2010? Look no further than North Canton Hoover's Eric Howard. Howard, 5' 10" and 210 pounds, showed remarkable vision and balance in rushing for 114 yards and scoring twice last Friday in leading his team to a 38-8 win over Washington [D.C.] Dunbar.
Howard, who was called up to the Hoover varsity late in his freshman season, is already a well-known prospect in recruiting circles. He attended the Ohio State camp last summer and performed well.
Although it's way too early to be thinking about college football, Howard admitted he does want to play football at the next level.
"It's something I want to do after high school, for sure," Howard said Friday night. "Right now I'm just trying to do the things I need to do to help my team. We have team goals we want to achieve and that's what I concentrate on. We have great senior leadership on our team and I just to follow them and do what they expect of me. I'm going to be working very hard in the classroom to make I'm in good shape to eventually play in college. I'd like to play in the NFL some day, but that's a long way off. I root for Ohio State, Michigan and Miami of Florida. I talked with Coach [Jim] Bollman at camp and I really like that program. I'll probably go back to camp there next summer."
Howard is also an accomplished track and field performer, specializing in the hurdles. That combination of athleticism and strength make him a tough back to bring down. He also seems to great vision to spot the hole and the explosiveness to get through it. He also exhibits willingness to block and appears to be a fine receiver. He could also fill in at middle linebacker if needed.
Howard plays in a well-coached program and he appears to be flourishing under the direction of long-time Hoover head coach Don Hertler. Hertler and his staff have gained the reputation around the state as excellent teachers of the game and Eric Howard will benefit greatly from their instruction. Howard is a player we will track very closely this season at Scout.com.