Downingtown (Pa.) West quarterback has found his new home and has officially committed to Kansas State.
“The offense is very similar to the one I run at my high school,” Howard said, according to 247Sports. “My coach took a few plays from (Philadelphia Eagles quarterback) Carson Wentz when he was on (Jon) Gruden’s show, and obviously coach Mess (offensive coordinator Courtney Messingham) has brought those plays and concepts to K-State.”
“It is a pro-style offense that will truly prepare me for the NFL. It is very similar to what I am used to and I feel like I will fit well into the system. It is an offense that does run the ball a fair amount, but also will throw the ball, too. It is very well balanced.”
Howard felt a connection to the community, which helped him make the final decision that Kansas State was where he wanted to be, and play.
“Definitely the people,” Howard said. “All of the coaches are so genuine and were so real to me throughout the whole process. I was able to develop really great relationships with them and had a great time with them on my official.
“Manhattan is such a cool town and the fans are awesome. They are all about K-State football and it is a really cool atmosphere.”
Howard also cited his immediate connection to the players during his recruitment visit.
“I just felt like I clicked with them,” Howard said. “It’s definitely a family oriented culture and I could tell that those guys really cared for each other and just enjoyed being around one another. I knew I would fit in well there.”
Howard also talked about his connection with both coach Chris Lieman, and quarterbacks coach Collin Klein, whom he connected with during his visit.
“Coach Klieman and Coach Klein are awesome,” Howard said. “I’ve hit it off with both of them from the start and I have very good relationships with the two of them. They are the kind of coaches who care about more than football. They wanted to get to know me as a person first, and that really stood out to me.”
“It showed me how much they genuinely care about their players and recruits,” Howard said. “They are very nice, but they’re also going to push me to be my best every day on the field. I am very excited to get out there and get the chance to work with them on a daily basis.”