Junior Day Report: Delano Howell

When Newhall (Calif.) Hart junior athlete Delano Howell came to Stanford's campus for the recent Junior Day, he was busy most of the day with his high school teammates at the Stanford Invitational track & field meet. Howell says that as exciting as the meet was, it was his subsequent activities with the Cardinal coaches that set his heart racing.

On campus for Stanford's Junior Day, Newhall (Calif.) Hart High School athlete Delano Howell (5-11.5, 185) had to patiently wait to meet with the coaches and see the campus.  Howell was preoccupied with the Stanford Invitational track & field meet that was concurrently taking place on campus.

"I had a track meet up there the same time as Junior Day, and my team did pretty well.  It was a good meet," says Howell.  "But honestly, Junior Day was the highlight for me."

As soon as Howell was done competing for the Indians, he rushed over to the football offices where he spent time with the Cardinal coaching staff, though he just missed meeting the head man, Jim Harbaugh.

"I talked with coach Andy Buh when I was there, but I didn't get to talk to Coach Harbaugh at all," the recruit describes. "But it was still a perfect day."

"They showed me around, and I loved the campus.  It is beautiful and amazing," Howell continues.  "I was honestly surprised by how nice the campus was.  I didn't get an opportunity to see the stadium, but everything else, I was very impressed by."

Stanford is Howell's lone scholarship offer, but even before that came, they were one of his top two schools.

"I was very excited to get that offer from Stanford," he explains.  "They are a top academic school; it is Pac-10 football; and I really like the coaches.  I was very relieved to get the offer, and I felt good about it.  Stanford is most definitely at the top of my list.  It's not just any offer - it's the offer for football and school."

Howell, a running back and linebacker/defensive back, says that the Cardinal staff is recruiting him as an athlete.

"They just talked to me about coming in as an athlete.  They didn't specify which side of the ball they want me at," he notes.

While the Cardinal have the advantage of being the first school to offer, Howell acknowledges that Washington still has a horse in the race, thanks to his familiarity with the program with his older brother Dan Howell entering his senior season with the Huskies.

"I'm actually going to be visiting Washington for their Spring Game, and I'm hoping to meet with the coaches," shares the younger Howell.  "I know my brother has been talking to them about me, so we'll see."

In the meantime, the Hart standout says he is in no hurry to make a decision.

"I'm just being patient, waiting things out," Howell offers.  "I'm not sure what my timetable for a commitment is."

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