'09 ATH Howell Visits UCONN

Last season the Lansdale Catholic Crusaders cruised into the Pennsylvania state playoffs with the help of their sophomore running back John Howell, however right before those games started he suffered a season-ending leg injury. Now a junior, Howell is looking to continue to make a name for himself in recruiting and started off this weekend by taking a visit to Connecticut.

After two games Lansdale, Pa., native John Howell has carried 27 times for 344 yards and five touchdowns and has also added three catches for 16 yards and a score. That production is more then enough to put him atop the Pioneer Athletic Conference for rushing and the 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete looks like he could be on pace for the always coveted 2000-yard season. This weekend he traveled to Storrs to watch the Connecticut Huskies take on Maine and came away very impressed.

"They invited my dad and me up for the game this weekend and we watched them win 38-0 which was great," Howell said. "I loved the atmosphere at the stadium because the fans were really into the game and the music was absolutely blaring in the stadium. It was just a great game overall and I really had a good time watching them play."

"Before the game I got to meet most of the coaches and then met with Head Coach Randy Edsall who talked to us about the program," Howell explained. "He was a very nice man and obviously knows a lot about the game of football. He made a great first impression, I can tell you that much."

"Two of the things we did not get to see where the campus and facilities as they are far from the stadium, however my teammate Jimmy Kelly has told me that their indoor field and football facilities are amazing, so I look forward to seeing them in the future. Right now I have been contacted by Maryland and New Hampshire as well and camped at Temple this summer too."

As a sophomore, Howell played in ten games before breaking his leg, carrying the ball 146 times for 1003 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for a score and returned an interception 101 yards for a touchdown. On defense, he managed 40 tackles, 17 pass break ups and an interception. He was named first-team All-League on offense and defense, first-team all-purpose back by the Philadelphia Inquirer and was the offensive MVP of his team. He was also nominated for the Old Spice National Player of the Year Award.

In the classroom, Howell maintains a 3.5 core GPA and scored a 1090 on the two-part and 1490 on the three-part SAT.

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