Card Offer SoCal Athlete

Stanford has dipped yet again into Southern California with another offer in the Class of 2008, this time tabbing a familiar running back with an offer as an "athlete." Delano Howell from Newhall (Calif.) Hart High School could play in the offensive or defensive backfield in college, and he talks about his reaction to picking up his first scholarship offer.

Newhall (Calif.) Hart High School running back/cornerback Delano Howell (5-11, 185) had to wait a little while but he finally picked up his first offer, coming from an in-state Pac-10 school.

"Stanford just offered me," Howell reports.  "I'm very excited about it.  They offered me as an athlete, and they will decide what position later."

Howell says that the offer also pushed the Cardinal into a leader position in his recruitment.

"They're definitely the favorite," Howell declares.  "Because of their academics, I can get one of the best educations in the nation while getting to play football."

Howell adds that his family was thrilled with the news as well.

"Yes, my family was pretty excited about it too," the son says.  "It's a very big deal."

Still, Howell maintains that he is in no hurry to make a decision.  He would prefer to wait to see which offers come his way.

"Right now, I'm taking it slow and keeping my eyes open," Howell explains.  "I was invited to Stanford's Junior Day, so I'm planning to go up there for that, but I want to see some other schools, too."

Stanford's linebackers coach Andy Buh is the lead recruiter for Howell, and it was Buh who delivered the news of the offer to Howell.  The Hart standout has also spoken with new Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Howell is carrying a 4.4 GPA in honors classes.

During his junior year, Howell rushed for 1,491 yards on 235 carries and scored 29 touchdowns on the ground.  He also caught 41 passes for 625 yards and six more scores, added 30 tackles and two interceptions on defense.  He even punted for the Indians.  Howell earned First Team All-CIF Northern Division honors and was a First Team All-State Underclass selection.

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