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.
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."
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."