Story by Craig Haubert
March 28, 2008
Though a small town of about 500 people, Bunn, North
Carolina has become a hot destination in college football
recruiting. In the Class of 2007, ESPN 150 defensive end
Kerry Neal signed with Notre Dame. In the Class of 2008,
Under Armour All-American Brandon Barnes signed with N.C.
With the 2009 class in full swing, it looks like Bunn High
School is going to send another prospect to a BCS program.
While a great feeling for coach David Howle to see two of
his players move on to big-time programs, this year will be
extra sweet when his son Ty Howle signs with Penn State.
The ESPN 150 Watch List center verbally committed last
weekend on an unofficial visit to Happy Valley. "Once I got
there and visited my mind was made up. The way they treated
me and everything it was just unreal," said Howle. The good
impression Penn State made was not lost on David Howle,
either, someone familiar with the recruiting process having
helped Neal and Barnes.
"You tell how bad they wanted Ty," he said.
The opportunity for David and Ty to sit down in a room with
two current Nittany Lions--A.Q. Shipley and Stefen
Wisniewski--allowed the Howles to get some candid feedback
and left a good impression.
Academics and playing time played a big part in Howle's
decision; Joe's Paterno's age did not.
"Joe Paterno's going strong," he said.
He was also told by the Penn State coaching staff that with
two centers set to graduate after the 2008 season, he has a
chance to play right away.
Howle can now concentrate on his senior year without
recruiting distractions, much like his two former teammates
did by making early choices.
"Seeing what things they were looking for in a college and
what they were intrigued by definitely helped me. I wrote a
list of things I wanted to see the college I go to have and
that was a good idea they brought me."
With Howle now set, the next question is who does the tiny
town of Bunn North Carolina have next in the pipeline for
the BCS programs?
Ty Howle's Scouts Inc. Evaluation
You might ask "how" Howle does it at center? At just
6-foot-2 he is like a John Deere plowing the field with
defensive linemen. He's a formidable base blocker who comes
out of his stance determined to knock the nose guard or
defensive tackle into the secondary. Churns feet and with
low center of gravity and simply isn't satisfied until the
defender is well out of the play or on his back. Defensive
linemen are at a distinct disadvantage and cannot win the
battle of low pads.
Howle is a well coached and instinctive football player who
is the field general for the offensive front. Stings the
pass rusher on quick passes but has some trouble with
deeper pass sets. Doesn't quite have the long arms need to
keep defenders away from body but will fight to the end.
Lower-body strength is evident in his ability to power the
enemy off the line of scrimmage; will really need to use
hands as a weapon in pass protection. Needs to hit and
recoil to keep pass rushers at bay. Fits in best with a
program that likes to run the football. Because of stature,
can only play center at the college level.
Howle is a coach's dream; goes all out every play and a guy
you can count on not blowing an assignment or letting up.
Can become an all-around lineman if he progresses at pass
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