Howe Looking For Early Playing Time

University Christian running back Hussein Howe is focused on playing early at the next level

Hussein Howe from University Christian High School in Jacksonville, Florida is one of the top athletes in the sunshine state, as he currently holds 11 offers to his name, with many more likely on the way. Howe has the versatility to play on both offense and defense in college, but says that almost all colleges are recruiting him to play running back at the next level. At 5'9-175lbs, Howe possesses break away speed, but is also compact enough to handle the rigors that come from running between the tackles. Howe plans to narrow his list down in the next couple of weeks, but told Scout that there are a couple of schools standing out to him at this point in the recruiting process, one of them being the Utes of Utah.

"Utah has impressed me a lot. I talk to them daily and they're actually supposed to come visit me at practice today, so I'm looking forward to that." As with most recruits out of Florida, running backs/assistant head coach Dennis Erickson has taken the lead on Howe's recruitment, and his knowledge and experience of the game has made a big impression on Howe. "The great Dennis Erickson is the coach that has been recruiting me from Utah. He's a really good guy. I know he has coached a lot of the greats when he was down at Miami, so I know he's a good coach. We talk a lot right now." Erickson was able to attend Howe's practice on Monday in person, which Howe said was a good opportunity to catch up with the legend himself. Howe also said his comfortability with Coach Erickson means that he's somebody he could see himself playing for. "I could definitely see myself playing at Utah and for Coach Erickson. I think I would fit in their offensive system as well, as it's something similar to what we run at my school right now."

Utah had a lot of success in 2014 running the ball with Devontae Booker, but with him graduating after the 2015 season, they will need to search for talent both on the roster and off it to find a viable replacement. That kind of situation can often lead to early playing time for newcomers, and that's a big reason why Howe is so interested in the Utes. "My family will be a big part of my decision. The other big factors will be my relationship with the players and coaches, playing early, somewhere I can study Sports Medicine, and it also has to feel like home."

After cutting down his list towards the end of Spring, Howe plans on making a commitment before the start of his senior season, but also says he wants to take all five of his allotted official visits afterwards. Howe currently holds offers from Utah, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Mississippi State, USF, Louisville, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Troy and Georgia Southern.

Check out Howe's junior highlights here.

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