Cali Four-Star WR Plans TCU visit
Westlake Village (CA) Westlake receiver Theo Howard has programs nationwide hoping to land his services. The talented 2016 prospect already holds twelve offers on the table; ranging from the west coast to the east coast. The 6-foot, 175-punder is currently rated as the No.15 receiver prospect in the nation and No.74 overall prospect in the Scout.com Top 300 for the 2016 class. Among the programs that have offered are Michigan, USC, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA, Texas A&M and TCU among others. In addition to an impressive list of offers, Howard has also received strong interest from Oregon, Alabama and Tennessee. For Howard, his childhood dream has become a reality. “It’s great,” he said of his recruitment. “Coming from being a kid who was worried about getting a lot of notoriety and getting offers my sophomore year and having this much success and getting all of these offers is a great feeling. I’m really enjoying the process right now.” TCU came into the picture for Howard shortly after other programs had already offered. The offer from the Frogs caught Howard by surprise since he hadn’t heard much from them prior to receiving his offer. “The Frogs were my seventh or eighth offer and it was kind of unexpected because I never talked to Coach Meacham before,” he said. “One of my coaches that know Coach (Doug) Meacham put me in touch with him and we started talking and we’ve built a good relationship. He said he liked what I’ve done and he offered me.” With TCU finishing the season 12-1 after a blowout win over Ole Miss, the Frogs have caught the attention of many prospects across the country. Howard is among those prospects that TCU has made an impression on. “I know they are at the top right now and had a good season,” he said of TCU. “I hear a bunch of praise about how good the coaching is and they’ve made a good program. I know they’ve been good over the years.” Aside from his knowledge on the Frogs’ success this season as a team, Howard also broke down how the Frogs performed and utilized their players on offense; an offense that ranked in the top 3 in the nation and set several school records in 2014. “I noticed they spread the ball out a lot and they have a good rotation and even some of the freshmen get playing time,” he said of the Frogs’ offense. “They really like to let everybody get a chance to get the ball and make plays.” TCU has impressed Howard enough that he plans to take an unofficial visit to Ft. Worth this spring to get better acquainted with the program. “I plan to get down for an unofficial visit in the spring but I don’t have a date yet,” he said. “It will probably be sometime in February.” In addition to TCU, Howard plans to make unofficial visits to Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Alabama and possibly Tennessee. His goal is to visit as many programs he can before making his decision. “I have an idea of when I want to make my decision; maybe by the end of the school year,” Howard said. “But, I haven’t really narrowed things down because I want to visit all of the colleges first and get a better look.” Several factors play important roles in Howard’s decision; first and foremost is a program’s academics. As for location, TCU fans shouldn’t worry about Ft. Worth’s distance from California in the Frogs pursuit of Howard. “First is academics and being able to fall back on something if football doesn’t work out,” he said. “I want a good program with good coaches and being able to get some early playing time. Location is not too important; I don’t have a preference when it comes to traveling; I’ll travel anywhere as long as the school takes me.”
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