Westlake (Calif.) four-star receiver Theo Howard had been rather quiet this spring with one major exception — when he committed to Oregon on an unofficial visit in March. But Howard hadn’t seen much action in 7-on-7 camps because he was focusing on spring ball with his Westlake squad and healing an ankle injury that had kept him out.
With his ankle finally to “99 percent,” Howard definitely made an impact at The Opening Oakland Regionals. The 6-foot, 174-pound Howard ran a blazing 4.38-second 40-yard dash and then went to work in the one-on-one and positional drills.
Howard was one of two receivers to earn an invite to The Opening Finals from Oakland, which means he’ll get another opportunity to get up to Eugene and likely go visit the Oregon campus once again.
A top 100 player in the Scout 300 and the No. 5 receiver in the West, Howard said he chose Oregon because he sees the potential for early playing time.
“I know they need a lot of depth. I just figure I can add to their offense,” Howard said. “They already have a lot of weapons with Devin Allen and Devin Carrington, so I felt I could get some early playing time. And I just feel in love with the school and the campus overall.”
Despite his commitment, Howard continues to communicate with other schools, including USC.
“I still hear from Coach [Marques] Tuiasosopo and Coach Tee [Martin]. They come by the school sometimes to talk to me.”
When asked if he had been by any of the local Southern California schools, Howard said “I haven’t been able to” because he had been busy with spring ball. But it doesn’t look like he has any plans of stopping by USC or UCLA in the near future:
“No I’m good. I’m very certain with my decision.”
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