It would be hard to say that Irving (Texas) Nimitz linebacker Julius Howard is a sleeper prospect any longer with offers now in hand from four schools.
Those schools that have offered include Baylor, Duke, Indiana, and UTEP but Howard's attention doesn't stop there. Colorado, Minnesota, and Oklahoma appear interested enough to be looking at offering the 5-foot-11, 215-pound defensive star.
"The letters are still coming quite a bit, but I would say OU and Colorado are probably the biggest schools that haven't offered that are sending me stuff," Howard said. "They've both talked a little bit about an offer."
Coach Brent Venables at Oklahoma has been involved with the recruitment of Howard since he showed up at their camp this summer. Making a statement there has the ball rolling with the Sooners.
"He had my highlight tape from my junior year and he told me I was the most athletic guy he had around there," Howard said. "From there, he has just told me he is going to get the process going on an offer."
Howard also lists Oklahoma as the current favorite, even without an offer, but UTEP and Minnesota are right in there.
"UTEP is just consistent with their recruitment and if I don't start, I would get a lot of playing time my freshman year," Howard said. "Minnesota hasn't offered, but spoke with coach Kerry Cooks and they've been working on an offer since late July."
There are no official visit dates set, but he's got a vague plan for one school in particular.
"I'm probably going to Duke in December and I haven't set up anymore at this time," he said. "The Duke visit I don't have the date set so I've got to get in there and get that locked down."