2014 running back Naesean Howard will stay in north New York, and all he needed was two offers in his recruitment before deciding on a team. According to Scout.com, Howard has committed to Syracuse after receiving in-area offers from Buffalo and ‘Cuse. The three-star RB is Scout’s 68th-ranked running back in the 2014 class, and he gives the Orange their first commit overall.
Howard committed to the Orange on an unofficial visit to Syracuse, and he has viewed ‘Cuse as his favorite school for a long time. Penn State, Nebraska, Boston College, Connecticut, and Utah also showed interest, and Howard committed not too long after teams were starting to get more interested in the 5’11”, 190 pound running back from West Genesee Senior.
Last season, he made the NYSSWA’s All-State Class AA Third Team and could be a sleeper in the 2014 class. I watched some tape on him, and he is an intriguing player. Although he doesn’t break off any huge gains, he consistently makes good plays and showed flashes. With a 4.5 forty time, Howard has a nice mix of size and speed, but he’s more quick than fast. Howard brings some nice burst to the table, and combines it with very good strength that allows him to shed tacklers. The biggest asset that Howard brings to the table is his vision, and he always seems to know where the hole is and is adept at finding the open seam. Howard is one of those running backs who is able to see the play develop and get the necessary yards for a first down.
Syracuse is getting an interesting prospect at the running back position, and somebody who can be a viable RB in the mix for this team. It will be interesting to see how ‘Cuse develops him, and I think he’s a quality back who is a little bit under the radar right now.
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