CB Antonio Howard
CB Antonio Howard ((Courtesy photo))
Barely more than a year after he graduated high school, Antonio Howard is already on a different path than he envisioned.

The talented cornerback from Miami is hoping that path is simply a short detour, however.

Howard is among several players that Colorado is eying as it looks to build its 2017 recruiting class. The Buffaloes haven't given a scholarship offer to Howard, who will play this season at Independence (Kan.) Community College, but there is mutual interest.

"That's the main school I'm talking to right now," Howard said. "At this point, it seems like a pretty good school, a good environment, and the defensive coordinator (Jim Leavitt), he sounds like a nice guy."

In high school, the 5-foot-10, 184-pound Howard, who is nicknamed "Speedy," reportedly ran a 4.32-second 40-yard dash. He originally committed to West Virginia, but flipped to Marshall on signing day in 2015.

Howard turned heads during preseason camp at Marshall and many thought he'd play a lot for the Thundering Herd as a true freshman, but he tore his ACL and missed the entire season. In January, he left Marshall and went home, not knowing if he had a future in football.

In the spring, Howard was healthy and decided to get his career back on track, so he enrolled at Independence. During a spring practice, he caught the attention of Leavitt.

Howard said Central Florida, Kansas State and Tennessee are also talking to him. His goal at this point is to prove this season that he's healthy, find a new school and possibly enroll in January.


After this season, he will still have three years to play.

"If (CU) ever offers me, I'll take a visit and see how it goes," he said. "I can't say if I like it or don't like it until I see it."

Howard said the recruiting process is much different than it was in high school, when it was a big deal to collect offers from as many schools as possible. Now, he'll take just one offer.

"I'm waiting for whenever I get an offer and I'd jump on that and set my visit ASAP," he said. "I'm just trying to get the school I like the most and I visit, and I'll stick with that."

Howard describes himself as a "very aggressive" press corner, and said he still has his blazing speed.

"Oh, I didn't lose that," he said. "Not at all."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.