Offensive lineman Nick Howell (6-6, 260, 5.0) from Fresno (Calif.) Bullard has seen his stock skyrocket over the past 30 days. Since April Howell has picked up six offers plus a pending offer that could move that number up to seven.
Howell really helped his standing with an outstanding camp at USC in April. He also had a solid showing at the NIKE Camp held in Palo Alto on May 22nd.
Howell has outstanding work habits and has great strength. His bench is 380, squat 485 and his power clean is 325. He recorded a 28.5 vertical jump at the NIKE Camp.
Howell has been selected all-conference for both his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also selected his team’s Offensive linemen of the year.
Another thing to like about Howell is he has great bloodlines. His dad is Pat Howell the former USC Trojan great who played in NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and the Houston Oilers.
“Over the last 30 days Nick’s stock has soared,” Pat Howell said. “He has a lot going for him. He has better feet than I did.”
An all around athlete, Howell was also a terrific volleyball player but gave it up this volleyball season to concentrate on solely on football. Even though his volleyball team ended up with the Area Championship, Howell is happy with the results that focusing on football has brought.
Howell has six solid offers from Washington, Fresno State, Boise State, Utah, UNLV and Wyoming. Washington State has a pending offer.
Besides the schools that have already offered; USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado and Nebraska have come by his high school.
USC head coach Pete Carroll is due on the Bullard campus today.
“Hopefully within the next month we will narrow down his colleges choices some,” Pat Howell said.
The scouting report on Howell is he’s very limber and quick, two outstanding traits for a lineman. He’s a good run blocker and has made tremendous strides as a pass blocker.
Most of his high school career Howell played in a run oriented offense. As a junior Bullard switched to a pro offense and he picked up pass blocking like a duck takes to water.
The good thing about Howell is has a lot of untapped potential that once he gets college coaching the sky is the limit.
Howell will camp full contact at Fresno State and them go back to the USC Camp on June 28-29.
Howell brings a lot of versatility to the table he could end up playing either guard or tackle on the collegiate level.