SJSU is One of Two on Top for Marcus Howard

With the conclusion of spring practice, the San Jose State coaching staff is now hard on the recruiting trail. The spring evaluation period concluded on Saturday, and Inside Sparta learned of a pair of offers extended last week. Tight end Marcus Howard of Inglewood (Calif) High School was the recipient of one of those offers, and he spoke about it with Inside Sparta.

The offer count for Marcus Howard of Inglewood (Calif) High School now stands at four, with San Jose State being the latest.

"Coach (Charles) Nash told my coach (Charles Mincy) on Wednesday or Thursday that I had an offer from San Jose State," Howard said. "My coach said they would follow up with a letter to make it official."

Howard said he also has offers from New Mexico State, Colorado State, and Idaho. He told on March 9 that Oregon had faxed him an offer - his first. He also said he is getting interest from California and Arizona State.

"Right now San Jose State and Arizona are my top two schools," he said. "Coach Nash told my coach he wanted to me to go up to their camp this summer so I'll probably do that. My coaches are putting all that together."

At the recent Combine held in Los Angeles, Howard measure 6-foot-2, and 262-pounds. He ran a 4.9 in the 40-yard-dash on a very slow track, and had a vertical leap of 22-inches.

There is a connection to San Jose State for Howard. He has an aunt who graduated from the school.

Howard said that schools are waiting for him to attend their camps so they may decide on which position they would like him to play in college. However, San Jose State is looking for him to play on the offensive side of the ball.

"They want me to play tight end," he said. "I'd prefer to play on offense."

The young man said he is in no rush to end his recruitment and will play it out until the end. He added that once he gets through the summer camps he'll decide on which schools he'll visit officially.

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