Lobos' Howard headed to the Big 12
Jan. 22, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.
Travin Howard <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/etvarsity/high_school/howard-big-play-guy-for-lobos/article_754e1e77-25b8-56a0-ae2b-b9f6edd6918e.html" target="_blank">turned in a senior campaign</a> that turned the heads of the Lobos' opponents week in and week out.
He did so while flying under the recruiting radar.
That changed this past weekend as a weekend trip to Texas Christian University landed Howard a Big 12 offer – something that Longview head coach John King said was 'only a matter of time.'
Howard, who verbally pledged to UT-San Antonio in December, switched his commitment to TCU on Wednesday.
"We all felt like that he was under-recruited," King said. "He made the most of his senior season and really burst on to the scene late.
"But it was only a matter of time."
Howard finished 2013 with 89 tackles, eight interceptions, eight passes broken up, 10 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and a blocked punt. Howard – a 6-1, 185-pound do-it-all defensive back for the Lobos – also had a knack for putting points on the board, finishing with four defensive touchdowns (three INT returns and a fumble return) and two punt returns for scores. He was named the District 12-5A Defensive MVP.
Now Howard transitions to a defensive scheme that's he's seen before – a 4-2-5 set that the Horned Frogs run, comparable to the same that he saw with the Lobos.
"They run a defensive that is very similar to what we ran at Longview," Howard said. "Coach (Gary) Patterson is a defensive-minded coach and works with the safeties.
"And it's the Big 12."
King added that Howard's transition to the Horned Frogs should be an easy one, describing his skills hybrid between safety and outside linebacker that saw him on the line as well as deep in coverage for Longview.
"They're going to ask him to do a lot of the same things we did in the 4-2-5," he said. "He's got great ball skills and really understands the game of football."
Howard is the third Lobo out of the 2014 class to commit to a Division I FBS program. Wide receiver Dorian Leonard committed to Texas over the summer while defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson landed with Texas A&M earlier in January and has already enrolled with the Aggies.
National Signing Day is Feb. 5.
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