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Recruiting on the South Plains | Cornerback Jamarcus Howard Commits to Texas Tech

Texas Tech secured the commitment of Coffeyville C.C. cornerback Jamarcus Howard the 23rd commitment of the 2014 recruiting class.

Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Spo

PLAYER: Jamarcus Howard

POSITION: Cornerback
HEIGHT: 5’11"
FORTY: 4.50
JUCO: Coffeyville C.C. (Coffeyville, KS)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.5 | Scout | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 83
VTM PROFILE DATE: November 4, 2013

OFFERS | Cincinnati, Middle Tennessee, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, West Virginia

STATS | Per the official NJCAA site, through 6 games, 32 tackles and 3 interceptions, although the Scout article linked below, says this:

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Howard has tallied 53 tackles, three for loss, two interceptions (one for a TD), five pass breakups, forced two fumbles, recovered one (for a 35-yard TD) and blocked two kicks in nine games this season. He was also picked as a honorable mention all-state selection by his senior season at Tuscaloosa Northridge (AL) High School in 2011.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | According to Scout, Howard can see himself playing quickly and liked the coaches:

"I was surprised after meeting the head coach and the rest of the coaches, how cool they are, that they're all young, how all of them are. I really like that," Howard said. "They just need more players, more people."

SCOUTING REPORT | More than anything else when watching cornerback film, I don’t know if I care all that much about the plays in front of the cornerback, but whether or not the cornerback can can run stride for stride with the receiver and where does he look. Is he looking at the receiver’s eyes? Is he holding on to the receiver. Is he keeping pace with the receiver. Those are the things that I want to watch, but a large portion of the video is good video of Howard keeping the play in front of him and making sure-handed tackles in space, which is important in today’s world. Maybe I’m jaded a bit by this with the issues with the current Texas Tech secondary.

Howard does have some pretty good size and that’s something that this team needs at the cornerback, especially if they ever want their cornerbacks to play physical in coverage. I’m still not sold on the idea that Howard or any other JUCO player can come in and contribute immediately, but we’ll see. It’s a tough transition and one that takes a year to adjust I think. If I had to put my money somewhere, I’d guess that the coaching staff might be redshirting Dorian Crawford and Martin Hill as they both had three years to play two seasons, at least that’s my theory. Fight through this year and let these two guys step in and play significantly next year.

Howard was featured on a site called Sleeper Prep where they rank the top 100 JUCO players and the list was in no particular order (they make note of that in the intro):

91. CB- Jamarcus Howard- 5'10", 180 lbs. -Coffeyville C.C. (Coffeyville, KS)- Has the ability to make it to the NFL. Jamarcus has superior athletic skills, 38" inch vertical, great recovery speed, plays with a ferocious swag, and incredible anticipation. Look for this stud at a big-time college football squad in 2014.

Also, Howard made honorable mention All-State at Northridge HS in Tuscaloosa as a senior and was maybe offered by Miami and Mississippi St., but most likely had issues with qualifying and is why Howard went the JUCO route.

Jamarcus, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2014 Class |

Player Position Ht/Wt School VTM Profile
Patrick Mahomes QB 6-3/198 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) April 24, 2013
Justin Stockton RB 5-9/175 Steele (Cibolo, TX) January 21, 2013
Demarcus Felton RB 5-7/179 Dekaney (Spring, TX) April 18, 2013
Jakari Dillard WR 6-4/185 Princeton (Princeton, TX) August 13, 2012
Cameron Batson IR 5-9/165 Milwood (Oklahoma City, OK) April 23, 2013
Ian Sadler WR 5-11/192 Argyle (Argyle, TX) April 25, 2013
Byron Daniels WR 6-0/170 Madison (San Antonio, TX) May 8, 2013
Deionte Noel OL 6-3/300 Steele (Cibolo, TX) April 17, 2013
Mildren Montgomery OL 6-4/245 Douglass (Oklahoma City, OK) June 4, 2013
Justin Murphy OL 6-8/275 Belton (Belton, TX) June 10, 2013
Robert Castaneda OL 6-5/315 Round Rock (Round Rock, TX) June 10, 2013
Drew Sarvary OL 6-7/310 Tyler J.C. (Tyler, TX) October 2, 2013
Ivan Thomas DT 6-2/270 Lawton (Lawton, OK) June 21, 2013
L.J. Collier DE 6-3/235 Munday (Munday, TX) February 10, 2013
Keland McElrath DT 6-5/290 Coahoma C.C. (Clarksdale, MS) September 25, 2013
Owen Williams DT 6-2/285 Butler C.C. (El Dorado, KS) October 24, 2013
Dakota Allen LB 6-2/225 Summer Creek (Humble, TX) August 17, 2013
Tevin Madison CB 5-10/160 Fayette County (Fayette, AL) April 26, 2013
Derrick Dixon S 5-9/187 Skyline (Dallas, TX) June 19, 2013
Joseph Clark DB 5-9/180 Chapel Hill (Tyler, TX) July 28, 2013
Jah’Shawn Johnson DB 5-10/172 Ennis (Ennis, TX) August 13, 2013
Connor Wilson S 6-2/205 Argyle (Argyle, TX) September 18, 2013
Jamarcus Howard CB 5-11/190 Coffeyville C.C. (Coffeyville, KS) November 4, 2013