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Tennessee CB John Howse Building Strong Relationship with Huskers

June 10, 2020

The Huskers haven’t landed a defensive back commitment in the 2021 recruiting cycle yet. Defensive backs coach Travis Fisher has done great work on the trail during his time at Nebraska so there is little concern about that. While it's rare for Nebraska to reach into Tennessee for a prospect, there is one that has the Huskers high on his list. 

Things have been pretty good for 3-star (HV Rating: 87.0) cornerback John Howse IV‍ during quarantine life. Like many, the defender has had to get creative with Zoom. He’s even used it for workouts.

“What I've been doing [with] my trainer is I go out every day and we Zoom call,” Howse said. “I'll put him down and he can see me. He runs me through drills and workouts. I do that every morning. Then I have a weight setup at my house. I have a bench press and speed ladders and jump rope, so I lift at my house and I do pretty much everything in the backyard.”

As a result, Howse has been able to get good workouts in. That has come in handy too because football started back up at his school recently. His team has been going out on their field to get conditioning work in. They’ve also been lifting in the weight room in small groups of 10.

Howse is happy things seem back on track. While the pandemic slowed down recruiting visits, the cornerback is still building his relationship with Nebraska.

“Oh, it's definitely a good relationship,” Howse said. “We're getting pretty close. They call me and text me almost every single day. I wake up texting them. We do Zoom calls and meetings. I talk to Coach Frost, the head coach, a lot. It's been going well and I’m building a strong relationship with them.”

As we have heard from several recruits, Scott Frost is very active when it comes to recruiting. It means a lot for the head coach to talk to so many prospects and Frost understands that. Each time Howse speaks with him, Frost makes sure to mention how much he wants him to be part of the program. The Tennessee defender feels like he can talk to Frost about anything. He also speaks with Fisher a lot and that relationship is solid.

“I talk to Coach Fish every day,” Howse said. “We do Zoom meetings and he'll teach me their scheme. He goes over technique with me and just he teaches me all the things that he teaches his own DBs that are at Nebraska right now, which is really good. He just gives me a head start on everything by teaching me things pretty early.”

Howse feels like he has learned a lot about Nebraska through his virtual visits with the staff. He said it seems like a beautiful place that he will want to take an official visit to whenever those are allowed again. Howse doesn’t lack for options right now. Boston College, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Michigan, Kansas, Penn State and Kentucky are the other schools he is hearing the most from. 

“The main thing right now is I want my official visits,” Howse said. “I don't want to commit if I don't get the chance to take my official visit. I don't want to commit without seeing the place. Like Nebraska for instance, I haven't seen Nebraska. So, I'd rather just wait it out and be able to visit schools later on down the road than commit now without seeing anything. Just for just for reassurance. I mean, this is one of the biggest decisions in my life so I want to be able to see everything in person before I commit.”

The relationships that Howse is building before taking visits play a big role in his decision. The top thing he is looking for in a school is the right coaching staff.

“A lot of Division I schools have nice facilities, nice jerseys and nice stadiums,” Howse said. “All schools will have that. But at the end of the day, it's also the coaching staff and who's going to get you to where you want to be which is the NFL for me. 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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