Howard gets the good news after Ole Miss camp

Jarveon Howard out of Columbia, Miss., made the trek to Ole Miss Friday with one thing in mind. The 205-pound tailback got what he wanted.

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Jarveon Howard was told by the Ole Miss running back coach, Derrick Nix, that a trip to their camp could net him an offer. Everything went as planned.

"I got the offer from Ole Miss during their camp," Howard said excitingly. "It makes me feel good. Ole Miss feels like home. It really is home. "You know that's the offer I have been waiting for. It's the home school. I want to have home first. They really liked the way I competed out there. They said I ran and caught the ball really well. Coach Nix wanted to just get the rest of the coaches get a close up look of me. Coach (Nix) said I showed them everything that I needed to show."


The other Mississippi SEC program has also offered.

"It means a lot. It was a little choppy at first, but now I know I have them on my side. I just don't want any pressure put on me where I'm going to go in December."

How has Ole Miss approached Jarveon's recruitment?

"Ole Miss is just letting me enjoy the process. They are not putting any pressure on me. They tell me this is home. Every school is going to tell you this is where you need to be."

Howard felt like the Rebels were close to offering before me made the trek to their camp.

"Obviously, I knew if I got the offer I would be really happy. I just want to make the best decision for me. I'm really close to coach (Derrick) Nix. That's a good guy. When I think of him. He is more like on a friend on a brother level. You can talk to him about anything. You know it will be safe and confidential on that level. It's amazing when it comes down to him. You know he is going to be there when you need him."

The trip to Oxford was his first time to Ole Miss.

"I wanted to see what's the reason they get the Landshark nation. I want to see how they fly around to the ball. I got a chance to see some of their players work out. They are all molded and bodied the same. I just love the way they fly around to the ball. That's what caught my eye about them as a youngster. They are all so fast and just play aggressive. I've always loved their brand of ball."

There's another SEC school that has offered that is heavily involved in Howard's recruitment.

"Tennessee. Main thing is that no schools are putting any pressure on me. I'm going to go there next week. They don't put any stress on you. They let me go at my own pace with my recruitment. They tell me to follow my heart. I appreciate their approach."

Are there any leaders at this point?

"Everybody's on the same page. It's the same until I actually go through it with my family. I feel good about Ole Miss though. I like MSU too, but there's no leaders right now. My options are still open, but I like the environment at Ole Miss. I like how they treat their players. We'll see. I'm going to MSU Saturday. I'm going to Tennessee next week. Like I said, all my options are still open."


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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