Football Recruiting

Calvin Howell: ‘It’s About to Get Crazy’

Defensive tackle Calvin Howell of San Antonio Earl Warren High School visited Texas and came away with a scholarship offer. With another big visit set up and more offers likely on the way, recruiting is getting “crazy” for Howell, but the San Antonio big man may be ready to make his decision soon…
Calvin Howell made his visit to the University of Texas this past weekend and liked what he saw. He also liked what the Texas coaching staff had to tell him.

“They told me I was their top D-line recruit,” Howell told Inside Texas. “They said they liked my speed and quickness and just liked me all-around as a player.”

Howell had his meeting with Mack Brown and the Texas coaching staff after watching practice in the morning, meeting with an academic adviser and going to a team position meeting. One of the things Howell liked the most about his visit was how comfortable he felt.

“I already felt like I was a part of their family,” said Howell.

That comfort didn’t just come from the coaches. The person who had the biggest impact — outside of Mack Brown — on Howell isn’t someone who’s on the staff.

“Actually it wasn’t a coach. One of the starting defensive tackles, his name was Ben (Alexander), number 92. He’s a good guy. I talked with him a lot,” said Howell

All in all, Howell enjoyed his visit and summed it up very succinctly.

“It went good, real good. I mean, it’s UT man. Nuff said.”

Howell came away from his visit with a scholarship offer from Texas, but the Horns aren’t the only team after the 6-4, 280 pound DT. He now holds offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, TCU, Kansas and Tulsa.

“And I’m just a junior,” said Howell. “It’s about to get crazy.”

But Howell may have his decision wrapped up before things get too heavy in recruiting. Howell told IT that he plans on making a decision and giving a commitment during the spring so that recruiting won’t be a distraction during his senior season.

At 280 pounds, Howell runs a 4.91 in the forty and the Texas coaches told him they like his speed, but Howell said the strongest aspect of his game is one that can’t be measured on a stopwatch.

“My passion and my attitude,” said Howell. “I love the game. I love everything about it and I train hard.”

Up next for Howell is a visit to Oklahoma and then he plans to work on making the big decision he has in front of him.