Name: Jarveon Howard
Position: Running back
Weight: 202 lbs.
Hometown: Columbia, Miss.
High School: East Marion
2020 stats: Howard opted out last fall, so no stats to share. As a sophomore in 2019, he ran for 337 yards and three touchdowns for the Syracuse Orange.
2021 projections: At least right now, Howard would seem to be competing with Abdul Adams for third on the running back depth chart. However, based on the between-the-tackles power Jarveon displayed in both 2018 and 2019, there’s a shot he can move up — or at least figure in as a third down back. It’s notable that he’s down 11 pounds from his weight in 2019, though.
How’d he get here?: He had plenty of offrs from around the county, including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Memphis, Louisiana Tech and others. But thankfully, he wound up opting for the team in the better orange.
What’d recruiting sites say?: Three stars and 247Sports had him just outside the top 50 running backs in the class of 2018.
Money quote: It’s easy to forgot just how intimidating it is for players to consider committing to any school, but especially one like Syracuse, that’s pretty far away from a lot of the talent we’re offering. Back in 2018, Howard noted the initial push and pull for him:
“It was hard (initially) to actually take the offer seriously because it was so far away. (Then) I went to go see the great things they had to offer me.”
Twitter feed: @jarveon_howard
Tweets of wonder: Here’s Jarveon just wrecking everyone in practice a couple years ago.
What’s happening?— Nate Mink (@MinkNate) March 21, 2019
Jarveon Howard. That’s what is happening. pic.twitter.com/SOPZFo5o2T
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Bryce Dallas Howard played Claire in Jurassic World, which sort of relaunched Jurassic Park for an audience that missed the first go-around. Some people like the new movies more than others, but perhaps Dino’s caught it a few times on a plane if nothing else. And now maybe Jarveon will too.
Interesting nugget o’interest: There are several Mississippi connections on this year’s Syracuse roster. Along with Howard, JaCobian Morgan is also from the Magnolia State and Garrett Shrader played for Mississippi State before transferring to SU. It’s the most Mississippi talent potentially ever on this roster, and the first players with any real connection to the state since 2003 — when fullback Keith Belton was on the roster after coming over from Northeast Miss. Community College.
Let’s get a look at ya: The ACC’s happy to feature some quality play from a guy on a winning squad.