Oregon, not normally known for getting early commits, is on a roll. Yesterday the Ducks landed their fifth prospect for the 2016 class, a four-star WR named Theo Howard. Howard is the third pass catcher to commit to the Ducks, joining four-star WR Dillon Mitchell and three-star tight end Cam McCormick.
Howard played his high school ball at Westlake High School (CA), and in his junior season he caught 52 passes for 869 yards and seven TDs. Howard selected Oregon over Arizona, UCLA, USC, Michigan, and many others.
Among his talents, Howard appears to excel at two key aspects of his game: he’s great at catching a ball in traffic, and he’s already developed elite separation skills. After watching his highlight video, you can also see that Howard possesses top-tier speed, and a specific fondness for hurdling his defenders (watch 46 seconds in, it’s crazy).
Although Howard is a bit undersized with a 5’11” and 170 pound frame, the assumption is that once he fills out a little more Howard could be one of the better wideouts on the team. What he lacks in size he makes up for in physical play and elite athleticism.
Finally, with the addition of Howard, Oregon now has the 17th-best ranked recruiting class according to 247 sports. Now, enjoy the highlight video for the newest Duck. I promise he will not disappoint.
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