Heath Howard signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant.
Howard, a 6-2, 265-pound defensive tackle for the Wildcats, had 24 solo tackles and 35 assists for 59 total tackles and 2.5 sacks.
“Heath has been great for us in his year and half since he transferred here,” said Greg Owens, Sulphur Springs head football coach. “He has a good work ethic. He has done everything we asked from him. I am happy that he will get to play college football. I think Southeastern will be a good fit for him. He will also get to play in that conference against a lot of players he knows from this area.”
Owens said that Howard could redshirt as the coaches encourage him to get his weight up to 280 pounds.
Howard said he is looking forward to being reunited with his longtime friend Bryce Steele. Steele, a standout at Como-Pickton, will be on the team as a running back. Howard and Steele played on teams together for the C-P Eagles.
“I know Bryce, so that’s one familiar face I know there,” Howard said. “They will probably keep me at defensive tackle. I think that is a good place for me. I met the coaches and I liked them and the facility.”
Howard’s parents said they were glad he signed close enough they could go to games at a college that is well-suited for him.
His mother, Melissa Harris said, “I think Heath made a good choice. It is pretty close to home, but he can still get a good college experience. He is in a good place because the coaches care about him as a person and how he does in classes. They told us they had several football players make the dean’s list. They will work on his study ethic and he will be in a good environment.”
Howard would like to be a safety inspector and work for OSHA.
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