The division one talent in the Rochester (NY) area continues to grow year after year. 2014 is no exception, and Syracuse has taken notice. Defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough went to check out some of that talent, and came away with Kemani Howard on the Orange's radar.
"They came on Monday," Howard said. "It was Coach Bullough. He talked to my coach, he didn't get a chance to talk to me. My coach told me he said he was interested in me as a cornerback.
"He said he likes my coverage ability, my jumping, and my size. He wants me to come down there June 14th for a camp. They got my contact info and email address."
The interest from Syracuse meant a lot to Howard. He says the Orange are his dream school, and his recruitment would be over if the offer was extended.
"First off, Syracuse is my dream school," Howard admitted. "For them to come by, it made my day just so much better. To get that call from my coach telling me to come down to his office, when I got down there I was excited because there was a college there.
"But when I saw Syracuse there, I just wish I would've had the chance to tell him how much of an honor it is to have them show interest. I'm definitely going there June 14th. I would definitely commit on the spot if I get an offer."
The 5-foot-11 corner explained why Syracuse his dream school.
"I went to their game when I was in ninth grade," Howard explained. "No it was my tenth grade year when they played against South Florida. At the time, I was a quarterback and I just noticed how their program is a growing program. A few years ago, I know they weren't that good. I mean they were kinda good. But to win seven games this year and go to a bowl game was a great accomplishment.
"Them going into the ACC makes it that much more of a challenge and they're trying to progress as a program. Being right here in New York where we don't get a lot of attention, it gives me that much more motivation to do something."
There is another factor for Howard regarding Syracuse. A friend and fellow Rochester (NY) prospect was part of Syracuse's 2013 class, and he likes the idea of teaming up together at the college level.
"My friend Chauncey Scissum he's going there," Howard said. "Him going there from Rochester makes it that much more special to have a chance to go there. Chauncey is a very good friend of mine. When I work out with him, we really battle. Because we're both corners and used to be quarterbacks. He's great and it'd be cool to play with him."
Syracuse isn't the only school that has taken notice of Howard's skills. Several programs have visited the rising junior within the last few weeks.
"Maine came last week," Howard recalled. "Albany came. UB (Buffalo) like two weeks ago. ODU (Old Dominion) came as well. It's hard because they're not allowed to talk to me. But they all said the same thing, that they're interested in me and if I come to their camp and perform very well, that I might get that opportunity."