Lobos' Howard commits to UTSA
Dec. 15, 2013 at 1:40 p.m.
Travin Howard made <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">a big impact on the Longview defense</a> this past season.
Now the Lobo senior safety is looking to leave a mark on an up-and-coming collegiate program.
Howard confirmed Sunday that he had verbally committed to UT San Antonio during an official visit in San Antonio over the weekend. The Roadrunners <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/etvarsity/high_school/lobos-howard-picks-up-first-offer/article_62d92ff0-4821-11e3-8234-0019bb2963f4.html" target="_blank">offered Howard in November.</a>
UT San Antonio competes in Conference USA and played its first football game in September 2011 and the defensive standout looks to hit the ground running.
"It was a good visit – the campus is a lot bigger than I thought and was very nice," Howard said. "They're a new program, they're winning and I have a chance to get some playing time as a freshman – a chance to right the record book."
Former Miami chief Larry Coker – who won a national championship with the Hurricanes in 2001, coaches the Roadrunners – who have gone 19-15 in program history with a 7-5 record in 2013 (6-2 in C-USA action).
"I do think it's a steal for UTSA," Longview head coach John King said. "Coach Coker obviously has a proven track record and when you're building a program like he is, you've got to get players like Travin Howard in there do that.
"UTSA is becoming one of the more attractive schools in the state of Texas. They play in the Alamodone in from of a huge following in San Antonio. Travin is hitting it at the right time."
Howard (6-1, 185) finished the 2013 season eight interceptions, eight passes broken up, 10 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, a blocked punt while scoring three defensive touchdowns. He also returned 16 punts for 250 yards – taking two to the house for the Lobos.
"He can do a lot of things," King said. "He played safety or outside linebacker for us – a hybrid position – and was probably one of the better, if not the best, man coverage guys for us. And returning punts as well.
"If he played baseball, you would call him a five-tool guy – that's what Travin is."
King also commented that while the Roadrunners are getting an under-the-radar recruit, the school is also gaining a student off the field.
"He's first class – first of all, a great teammate and great player to coach," King said. "He's a great student athlete, carries himself well and is humble."
Howard commented that the academic standards in San Antonio stuck out to him as well as the athletic program. He plans to study sports medicine.
"Their academics are very strong – they stay on you about grades," he said. "They really make sure you graduate and I like that."
While Howard's senior campaign helped guide the Lobos' to its ninth district championship in 10 seasons and its 13<sup>th</sup>-straight playoff appearance <a href="http://www.news-journal.com/etvarsity/high_school/a-champion-lobos-dominate-all-district-selections/article_78da328a-f90d-5d2e-a4db-06831f5f4a9e.html" target="_blank">while picking up District 12-5A Defensive MVP honors</a>, he said it all about doing what he was supposed to do.
"It's a big honor but I really don't care too much about it," Howard said. "If you do your thing and what you're supposed to do, it should be expected."
Howard joins Carthage quarterback Blake Bogenschutz as two East Texans headed to San Antonio. Bogenschutz committed in June.
<em>-- <a href="https://twitter.com/InsideUTSA" target="_blank">@InsideUTSA</a> first reported Howard's commitment on Sunday.</em>
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