Aside from not making the playoffs, Irving (Texas) Nimitz linebacker Julius Howard has watched his recruitment go from small to large since the beginning of the summer.
The 6-foot, 220-pound defender has impressed college coaches with his play on the field and offers have been following ever since. The three-star, No. 43 rated inside linebacker in the country, is setting up more trips now to narrow down his list.
"I was going to go to Minnesota on Dec. 2, but now it's Dec. 9," Howard said. "They kind of changed it on me. Then, I'm going to UTEP this weekend (Nov. 18)."
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"UTEP was trying to get me in earlier, but I wasn't for sure about the dates. So, we set it up for this week and I've always wanted to come up there."
Howard also noticed that yesterday one of the teams recruiting him, Kansas State, watched their long-time head coach retire.
"It was kind of weird to see Bill Snyder retire," Howard said. "I guess I'm just going to see what they do with a new coaching staff and all that. I never actually talked with him, but I knew he was a good coach."
Previously, Howard had said that Minnesota was his leader but has backed off and said he is open now.
"I'll just be making a decision when I feel ready," he said. "I'd say if I had to guess it would be in January."