Howard starts to narrow things down

College of the Sequoias WR Jamar Howard (6-2, 215) is one of the top prospects in a deep pool of JUCO wideouts this year. He's already off to a great start on his 2008 season and he recently hauled in a Pac 10 offer. With double-digit offers in the bank, Howard has started to narrow things down a bit and he's set up one visit and more could be finalized soon.

Howard already has hauled in 13 receptions for 302 yards and three touchdowns (including on for 90 yards) in only three games and he said things are just rolling along for him.

"I expect big things out of myself and I worked hard this summer, so I expected to put up good numbers," Howard said. "We need to get a win this weekend and we lost to San Mateo last weekend and it was a close game, so I'm hoping we can get a win and even things up again."

On the recruiting front, a local Pac 10 school was in the house to watch the Giants take on San Mateo at home and after the game, they offered the big wideout.

"Cal offered me last weekend, which was really cool," Howard said. "They are definitely a school that interests me a lot because of their offense and because of the talent on the roster.

"They are right up there with everyone else."

Everyone else includes offers from schools like Florida State, Michigan State, Illinois, Arizona, Louisville, Minnesota, Purdue and Memphis among others.

"I set up a visit with Memphis for October 10th," Howard said. "They are doing good things out there with their program, so I want to check it out.

"I am planning on setting up a visit to Minnesota. I just talked to the receivers coach out there, coach (George) McDonald, and they are 4-0 right now. They have a great offense and I think I could really fit in well there.

"Michigan State is the school I've been interested in for a while and they are the school I've been favoring for a while, so they will get a visit and now Cal is another school I'm going to set one up with."

According to Howard, he hasn't decided who his fifth and final visit will be with or if he will even make that trip.

Howard is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

This weekend Howard and his COS teammates will take on Solano on the road this weekend before returning home for a game against Hartnell the following weekend.

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