When the senior season is the priority, it's hard for Irving (Texas) Nimitz linebacker Julius Howard to put too much emphasis on recruiting, but is starting to feel a few things out.
The 6-foot, 220-pound three-star prospect has yet to set up any visits and will probably take care of that after his season has concluded. However, he is somewhat ready to name a few leading schools on his list.
"I'd probably say Minnesota is on top right now, then UTEP, Tulane, Kansas State, and Oklahoma," Howard said. "Minnesota has a coaching staff that I know of quite a bit. Coach Kerry Cooks went to high school with my older brother, so I know him really well."
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"Plus, Minnesota likes me at safety rather than linebacker. That's the position I would prefer to play."
Howard is also in the works of getting a post-season visit set up to see the Gophers in December. The safety position that Minnesota wants him to play is a definite plus where schools like UTEP, Kansas State, Tulane, and Oklahoma will give him a shot at both.
One school of his favorites has yet to offer.
"Oklahoma hasn't yet," Howard said. "They spoke about it a little bit, but not a whole lot. I guess we'll have to see if that happens."
His decision will also be after his official visits after the season has ended.
"There is just too much going on right now to have any visits during the season," he said. "I just want to focus on what I've got going on here at school."