IN 2012, O.J. HOWARD WAS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE HIGH SCHOOL TIGHT END IN AMERICA!
By Super Scout Max Emfinger
August 5, 2012
In 212, O.J. Howard (6-6, 230, 4.42) of Prattville Autauga Academy, Alabama had been a Super-Star on Defense as a Sophomore when he recorded 85 Tackles; had Six Interceptions; and Six Quarterback Sacks. Then as a junior, Howard became the Tight End Super Star. He was also one of the most impressive players at the early 2012 Spring Under Armour Super Combine.
At some of the Spring Camps and Combines, Howard really put on some great demonstrations and proved that he might be the Up-and-Coming Top Tight End in the Country. In those 2012 Camps and Combines, Howard was impossible to stop and he made some very impressive catches.
At the Gridiron Kings 7on7 National Championship, Howard was Absolutely Sensational and he was one of the Most Impressive players at the Event in the Combine and at the Event. His 4.46 Forty was Outstanding, but his best was a 4.42 Forty. His 4.31 in the Pro-Shuttle was also Outstanding and he also did 24 reps on the 185 Pound Bench Press. Howard was also one of the most impressive Physical Specimens that I saw at the event.
With all of the great Quarterbacks,Wide Receivers, and Defensive Backs at the 7on7 Event, it would seem that a Tight End would not be a Real Stand-Out, but Howard did. In fact, he was Unbelievably Spectacular as he made outstanding catch after another and helped lead the Team Southeast to the National Championship.
His quarterback on the Team Southeast was Brice Ramsey, was a recent Verbal to Georgia, and out of all of the great Wide Receivers on Team Southeast, Ramsey used Howard as his “Go-To” Receiver in all of the clutch plays in the big games.
Howard kept making the big catches and in the Championship Game, he made two of the most Impressive Catches in the 7on7 Tournament. One of the catches was a ball that Howard caught for a Touchdown with two defenders on his back in the back of the End-Zone. The other catch was a catch over the middle after he had faked the defender and was in the clear for the Touchdown.
The Championship Game was on ESPN TV and I was able to watch the Entire Game. I thought that Ramsey and Howard were the Most Impressive Two Players on the Team Southeast Team.
On his highlight film, Howard either played Wide Receiver or Started in Motion, and he seemed to always be in the clear. Howard is clearly a Very Versatile Player who can play Outside Wide Receiver or Tight End at the next level. Howard had already given Alabama an early Verbal Commitment and the Crimson Tide could use him at either of those two Positions.
O.J. Howard also Played in the Under Armour All-American Bowl Game before he Enrolled at Alabama.