2017 Lackawanna OL Jaleel Howard is becoming a popular offensive line prospect among four-year college coaching staffs

2017 Lackawanna OL Jaleel Howard (6-5, 329) has seen an uptick on the recruiting front and he updated JCFootball.com recently on where things stand on the recruiting front...

"I don't have any offers yet, but I have a lot of schools showing interest in me," Howard told JCFootball.com. "UCF, Fordham, Florida A&M, Delaware State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Temple have all been talking to me.

"I don't have any visits set up, but I know I want to visit Temple since they are a school I am really high on."

Howard worked into the Falcons' offensive line rotation at right tackle last season, but this year he'll slide over one spot and handle right guard duties.

"I like the move. I'm more comfortable," Howard said. "I'm not on a island like I was when I played tackle. I always have help. No matter what I'll always have it. Also, it's a new position for me and I like it a lot already."

This offseason, Howard is focused on getting his conditioning where it needs to be and also perfecting his technique.

"Losing weight is a big focus for me," Howard noted. "I also am working on my foot work and on my stance. Working on my pass-sets, lifting of course and running through the play calls and watching old film to see where I need improvement on my game."

As a prep in Scranton, Pennsylvania at West Scranton High School, Howard got some looks from colleges, but he was unable to qualify for a scholarship, so he decided to head to Lackawanna to continue his football career while getting his academics in order.

"My high school coach, Donnie Jackson Bey, went there and introduced me to Coach (Mark) Duda," Howard said. "I liked the staff and the program they have here, so I decided to come and get myself noticed."

Howard is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December and we will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.

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