I missed all but five games this year, said the personable Howard.
But he made the most of it, claiming an amazing 96 tackles in his five junior college outings.
I was ready to roll when I got out there. I couldnt wait. I guess it showed in my play. I was determined to make a mark in the limited time I had because I knew I had to impress college scouts in just five games, he continued.
Impress he did. Knowing he was now academically qualified and could transfer to a Division 1 school for second semester classes after just one season in JUCO ball, the college scouts came from everywhere.
I have offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Marshall, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Tennessee and some others, said Hayward. My connection with Ole Miss is through (Rebel RB Coach) Frank Wilson. Hes a great guy.
Even though JUCOs who are eligible for mid-semester transfer can start signing with their chosen schools tomorrow, Hayward is in no hurry.
I just took a visit to Auburn. It went really good. They have a fine program there and have an immediate need, I believe, for young DTs, but I am keeping my options open, he noted. My plan is to visit Ole Miss January 5th and then set up something, if I have time, with Oregon State and Tennessee. Thats all Ill be able to do due to the dead period and the time frame I have to work with.
Whats he most interested in while looking for a place to ply his football trade?
Im just looking
for good people to be around, a good staff and the opportunity for early playing
time, closed Hayward, who will have four years to play three at a D-1 school.