Offensive lineman Nick Howell (6-6, 260, 5.0) from Fresno (Calif.) Bullard saw his stock soar when he attended USC’s big man camp last April. He must of done something right because the Trojans have offered the talented lineman a scholarship.
It was a great thrill for former USC great Pat Howell, Nick Howell’s father. That is son will be offered the same opportunity that he did a little over 20 years ago.
“Last Wednesday when the offer came through, it was a great night,” Pat Howell, Nick’s Father said. “It’s like a dream come true and it’s a great honor for him to be able to experience the same great times I had when I was down there.”
“If Nick does end up at USC it would be great,” Pat Howell said. “It was four of the best years of my life.”
Howell is going to think about it and is taking the time to take it all in.
Besides USC, Howell has six other solid offers from Washington, Fresno State, Boise State, Utah, UNLV and Wyoming. Howell is also getting heavy recruiting action from UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado and Nebraska.
Whoever lands this one is going to get a talented and hardworking player. His bench is 380, squat 485 and his power clean is 325. He recorded a 28.5 vertical jump at the NIKE Camp.
Howell has been selected all-conference for both his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also selected his team’s Offensive linemen of the year.
An all around athlete, Howell was also a terrific volleyball player but gave it up this volleyball season to concentrate on solely on football. Even though his volleyball team ended up with the Area Championship, Howell is happy with the results that focusing on football has brought.
The scouting report on Howell is he’s very limber and quick, two outstanding traits for a lineman. He’s a good run blocker and has made tremendous strides as a pass blocker.
Most of his high school career Howell played in a run oriented offense. As a junior Bullard switched to a pro offense and he picked up pass blocking like a duck takes to water.
The good thing about Howell is has a lot of untapped potential that once he gets college coaching the sky is the limit.
Howell will camp full contact at Fresno State and them go back to the USC Camp on June 28-29.
Howell brings a lot of versatility to the table he could end up playing either guard or tackle on the collegiate level.