Cajuns offer STM freshman quarterback Walker Howard
UPDATE: Quarterback Walker Howard, who has received an offer from UL but has not yet started his sophomore season at St. Thomas More High, tweeted Tuesday that he has picked up his first SEC offer, and it came from none other than Alabama and coach Nick Saban while taking part in a Crimson Tide camp. Howard is the son of former LSU quarterback Jamie Howard. The original story ...
St. Thomas More quarterback Walker Howard is just a high school freshman.
But he has his first college offer, and it came from the hometown Ragin’ Cajuns.
“I am extremely blessed to receive my first offer from the University of Louisiana,” tweeted Howard, who told The Daily Advertiser he was “very excited” to receive the offer from a Cajuns coaching staff he loves.
Howard is a backup at STM to Caleb Holstein, himself a highly sought quarterback.
Holstein received his first offer from Louisiana Tech in February 2018. UL followed with an offer of its own in June of that year.
Last month, the senior-to-be received his first SEC offer — from Missouri.
Several Ivy League schools have expressed interest in Holtstein this year, including Harvard, Yale, Cornell and Dartmouth. Programs including Southern Mississippi, Cincinnati, Troy, Western Kentucky, Tulsa and — as recently as late April — Boston College have offered the All-Acadiana MVP too.
Interest is just starting to heat up for Howard, whose well-known father, Jamie Howard, played quarterback at both STM and LSU and finished in 1995 as the Tigers’ third-leading passer all-time with 6,158 yards.
Walker Howard played this past season for STM’s freshman and junior varsity teams.
He also saw some varsity action for the Cougars in 2018, playing in games including one in late September against Franklinton in which STM intentionally took a delay-of-game penalty to start the game in honor his late mother Kathryn Howard, who had died the day before, following a two-year battle with cancer.
“I’m just very excited for the offer from UL,” Howard told The Advertiser. “My dad and I love the coaching staff!!! I also feel that my mom is smiling down on me today!”
The Class of 2022 quarterback is listed at 6-foot-1 but just 157 pounds on his Hudl.com bio.
But Howard is beginning to receive all sorts of praise from those who follow high school football and college football recruiting closely.
TigerBait.com’s Mike Scarbrough called him a “phenom 2022 QB” on Friday.
And Sam Spiegelman, Texas and Louisiana analyst for the recruiting website Rivals.com and Yahoo.com, tweeted last month that Howard is “set to be a national name in a few years.”
“Yes, … is currently behind Caleb Holstein on the depth chart” at STM, Spiegelman wrote, but LSU, Michigan and Mississippi State “are already monitoring the passer.”
But UL was the first to offer.
The Cajuns came out of spring practice led at quarterback by junior-to-be Levi Lewis, their backup behind senior Andre Nunez last season, and juco-transfer Jai’ave Magalei.
They signed two high school quarterbacks to their Class of 2019, Texan Clifton McDowell, who took part in spring drills earlier this year, and New Orleans-area quarterback Chandler Fields, who will arrive in June.
Earlier this week, juco-transfer quarterback Brayden Hawkins — who briefly spent time last year at UTEP and Maryland — committed to the Cajuns and said he will come in June too.
UL has offered at least one Class of 2021 quarterback, Lucas Coley, a current high school sophomore from the San Antonio area of Texas.
Howard is the first Class of 2020 quarterback known to have been offered by the Cajuns.