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A lot has changed since the last time Hail Varsity spoke with Tennessee 3-star (HV Rating: 87.0) defensive back John Howse IV. Two months ago, the Huskers did not have a commitment from a defensive back. Since then, the Huskers have added Marques Buford, Koby Bretz, Lardarius Webb and Malik Williams to the 2021 recruiting class. The team also picked up late 2020 JUCO cornerback Nadab Joseph.
Howse has always had strong communication with the Huskers. That is why he and his father took a trip on their own over the weekend to check out Lincoln.
“Nebraska has been on my top list for a while,” Howse told Hail Varsity. “I’ve been trying to make it up but wasn’t able to because of COVID so my dad and I thought it be a good idea just to go up ourselves and check it out.”
These types of “very unofficial” visits have continued to become more common since the NCAA continues to extend the dead period. There appears to be no end in sight for the dead period banning on-campus recruiting. Because of NCAA rules, Howse and his father could not interact with Nebraska coaches while in Lincoln. They were able to drive around campus to just get a feel for the environment and college layout.
“We really liked it,” Howse said. “It’s a huge college town which is cool and we heard it’s crazy on game days and the team has really good fans.”
The versatile defender (6-2, 185) is in contact with Nebraska’s staff often. He says that he talks with area recruiter Barrett Ruud daily. He speaks to defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher often too. It’s also a great feeling for Howse since he hears from Scott Frost a lot as well.
Following his trip to Lincoln, he plans to put out a top group of schools soon. He knows that he’d like to commit fairly soon too but doesn’t have a set date for that just yet. When making his decision he knows that he’s looking for the right coaching staff.
“It's the coaching staff and who's going to get you to where you want to be which is the NFL for me,” Howse said. “So, who's going to get me there? Who's going to prepare me on and off the field. Just a great coaching staff that I can build a family relationship with.”
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.