Recently, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with Missouri offer and 2015 OT prospect Michael Howard 6’6” 248 Green Cove Springs (FL) Clay about his Missouri offer and his interest in the Tigers. The talented edge blocker spoke humbly, which is in contrast to the aggressiveness with which he plays, and the way that he just buries opponents.
“I was a little surprised by the Missouri offer,” said Howard, speaking of the offer he received from Missouri this spring. “I didn’t think I was good enough to play for them. I just didn’t think I had the size. I just didn’t think I was good enough, or big enough, to play in the SEC. Apparently, they saw something that I didn’t.”
Apparently, so did a lot of other people.
After watching some video on Howard, it’s no wonder that he has “a bunch” of offers, including offers from California, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, FIU, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oregon, Oregon State, South Carolina, South Florida, Tennessee, UAB, UCF, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others, in addition to Missouri.
Howard’s remarkable testing numbers, which includes 4.84 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 33” in the standing vertical jump, a 315-pound bench press maximum, and a maximum of 480 pounds in the squat, provide some objective measurements in support of the superior quickness, strength, and athleticism that he displays on the field.
“Coach Henson said that he likes my athleticism,” said Howard, referring to the Missouri Offensive Coordinator and Co-Offensive Line Coach who is his primary recruiter. "He said he likes my film."
Howard said that he has taken unofficial visits to several in-state schools. And while it appears that Howard is still in the early stages of his recruitment, he did indicate that he’d like to visit Missouri, although he’s not sure when that might occur.
He said that he wants to take all of his official visits before making a decision, probably after the season.
Howard identified three of his intended official visits, including Missouri, Oregon, and Tennessee. And, he said that he's planning to take official visits to two of three schools including Nebraska, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. He's already visited in-state schools, Florida and UCF, both of which he is still considering, and he identified North Carolina State and Oregon State as schools that he is still considering.
He's not sure when he'll visit Missouri.