Rivals250 linebacker Darrien Howard of Dayton (Ohio) Chaminade-Julienne kicks off a four-school, three-weekend series of junior day visits on Saturday with a trip to Bowling Green followed by a Sunday stop in Columbus to see Ohio State.
Howard learned soon after he arrived on Bowling Green's campus that he had received an offer from the Falcons. He is hoping for the same on Sunday when he visits Ohio State, but is also looking forward to meeting head coach Urban Meyer and his staff.
"This will be my first time meeting them," Howard said. "I just want to get familiar with the coaching staff - me getting to know them and them getting to know me."
After this weekend, Howard plans to visit Kentucky the weekend of Feb. 18 followed by a trip to Michigan State on Feb. 25 for their junior day.
Howard was offered a scholarship by Cincinnati early in his junior year. Outside of the programs that have offered, though, Howard feels a Big Ten team is showing the most interest at this stage.
"I would say it is Michigan State right now," Howard said. "I talk to Harlon Barnett, the coach up there a lot. I was up there for a game in the fall and it was real nice. I was sad I didn't get to see more of it because I was only up there for a game."
The 6-2, 250-pound Howard finished his junior season with 154 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries and eight tackles for loss. He also contributed significantly on offense as a fullback and said there are teams expressing interest in him for that side of the football as well.