Signing Day Impact: Travis Howard

Travis Howard is a Buckeye. The Miami, Fla. native has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State. The signing of Howard gives the Buckeyes the true cover cornerback they were seeking in this class. Bill Greene has more on Howard's signing.

Travis Howard, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back from Krop High in Miami, Fla. selected Ohio State over programs like Auburn and Tennessee. As a senior, Howard was a force on offense, defense and on special teams, as he earned All-State honors in the state of Florida.

BREAKDOWN:

Like they did last year with James Scott, the Buckeyes grabbed a cornerback out of the state of Florida in Travis Howard. Although Ohio State returns a lot of depth in Malcolm Jenkins, Chimde Chekwa and Donald Washington, don't discount the chance of Howard finding his way onto the field in 2008.

"Travis Howard is a good-sized (6-1, 170) corner who plays very physical," National Analyst Allen Wallace informed. "This rangy hitter jumps well and also has excellent hands. Never afraid to mix it up as a blocker if necessary, Howard should also make a superior punt returner. He's the versatile type of player who seems to make his presence felt wherever he is."


Howard the next Antonio Cromartie? (Getty Images)

Pro Comparison: Antonio Cromartie, San Diego Chargers

Like Cromartie, Howard is a long-armed, physical defensive back, with the ability to play man-to-man in coverage. Cromartie had an amazing ten interceptions in 2008, and also is a strong tackler.

Howard on His Future:

"Once I visited Ohio State, it was over for me," Howard exclaimed. "I knew I was interested in Ohio State just from talking to the coaches. Once I visited Columbus, on game day, and saw everything for myself, I was hooked. I had visited a lot of great places, but nothing compared to Ohio State. Once I visited, I was all about Ohio State from that moment on. I was overwhelmed by my visit and committed to Ohio State within a week.'

"The Ohio state coaches say I will start out at corner, but in certain schemes, I could play safety. I'm hoping to return kicks and play special teams next year. I'm equally skilled at coverage and tackling."


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