CJ’s Howard makes college visits

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Chaminade Julienne LB Darrien Howard

Chaminade-Julienne linebacker Darrien Howard
has an offer from Cincinnati and will return to the Bearcats campus
this weekend for the Louisville game.He’s also interested in Michigan State, Nebraska and…


Chaminade-Julienne linebacker Darrien Howard
has an offer from Cincinnati and will return to the Bearcats campus
this weekend for the Louisville game.

“I took a visit up there my freshman year and the way they ran
their practice is amazing,” Howard said. “I like the energy they put
into practice even though it was only practice. I like how their players
went through it. They have real nice facilities.”

Earlier this fall, Howard attended Michigan State’s victory over
Florida Atlantic. He keeps in touch with Spartans assistant coach Harlon Barnett.

“He says they’re keeping a close eye on me,” Howard said. “I gave
him some film when I took my visit up there. He introduced me to the
head coach and linebackers coach and some of the players there.”

The trip to East Lansing was eye opening to Howard.

“The energy, it was great,” he said. “Just how their players are
aggressive every play of the game, it’s really great.”

Howard says he’ll return to East Lansing sometime this coming
summer. He added there’s a lot of similarities between Michigan State
and Ohio State. He visited the Buckeyes campus for the Akron game in
September.

“I used to talk to Luke Fickell a
lot,” Howard said. “When I was younger, I was an Ohio State fan because I
went to camp every year since fourth grade. I’m real familiar with
them. They basically bring the same thing as Michigan State with their
energy. Their atmosphere gets the adrenaline going. Just being around it
is kind of overwhelming.”

Another program Howard has a personal relationship with is
Nebraska. He’s talked with linebackers coach Ross Els.

“He came up to one of our weightlifting sessions during spring
break,” Howard said. “He liked the way I was looking and said pretty
much that he was going to keep a close eye on me because he liked how I
progressed from freshman to sophomore year.”

As a sophomore, Howard missed the season’s first four games
because of a torn meniscus, but came back to average 12 tackles a game
in finishing with over 70 stops and two forced fumbles and one
interception. This season he already has 75 tackles, one interception
and eight total touchdowns through seven games.

Howard is contemplating game invites from Kentucky and
Mississippi State before the end of the fall. He also received an
invitation from Alabama to attend the LSU game on Nov. 5.

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