At the end of last week, Miami (Fla.) Krop cornerback Travis Howard went from under-the-radar sleeper to legitimate BCS Conference-level recruit.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder received scholarship offers from multiple high-profile Division I-A programs, including two of the three traditional "big three" Florida programs.
"In the last three days I have gotten five (verbal) offers," Howard said. "They said they sent them in the mail on Monday and they should be arriving at some point this week."
Miami (Fla.) and Florida State offered Howard, along with Central Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee. Auburn and Wisconsin also have indicated that they will be offering this week. Florida is also interested and could be on the verge of an offer.
CMU started the avalanche with an offer on Thursday morning and the Tar Heels followed with an offer that evening. Saturday, the Hurricanes jumped in the mix and a Seminoles assistant called Krop High today to inform them that FSU was offering.
Howard, a teammate of pre-evaluation Rivals100 linebacker Etienne Sabino is glad to have his chance to emerge.
"I'm enjoying this," Howard said. "I'm just enjoying the moment. I'm not choosing any school right now. I was at practice and I saw some scouts there. They came to look at Sabino. I was doing one-on-one drills and I locked down everybody I went against. Then, we were doing 7-on-7 later and I had three big hits back-to-back-to-back and then an interception. I think that did it."
Even with offers from Florida State and Miami, Howard says he currently isn't a lock to stay in-state.
"I like it in Florida," he said. "But I may want to get away from home. There may be a good opportunity for me to get away so I can concentrate better and focus better."
Howard had 50 tackles, 10 pass break-ups and two interceptions during his junior year.