Keon's Coming

Keon's Coming

It could be argued that the most exciting player to watch in the state of Mississippi is Laurel signal caller Keon Howard. The 6' 1", 205-pound quarterback is a human highlight machine.



Keon Howard threw for over 2,600 yards and totaled 30 touchdowns as a junior but it was his completion ratio (51.7%) that bugged him the most.

"I am working on getting more consistent with my throws," Howard said. "The offseason has been going great for our team, but like I said, for me personally it is about becoming a more consistent passer. I have been working on my touch balls and working on my strength. I am throwing to the receivers daily to get our timing down right."

The Laurel native came up to Oxford for their Senior Camp Saturday..

"The facilities are aways great. I like coming up here because every time I come up here I get another chance to work on my stuff with a great quarterback coach. I also looked forward to the competition with some other great quarterbacks."

What did he want to accomplish during the camp?

"I just wanted coach (Dan) Werner to critique my game so I can become a better quarterback."

Howard reflected on the Ole Miss camp this morning.

"It was good. I had fun. It was a good atmosphere and a good facility to be in. I worked under some wonderful coaches. Their quarterback coach will give you a compliment one minute and then when he sees something wrong in a throw he will let you know what you are doing wrong. He wanted to make sure I was getting more air under my throws. He wants me to work on my touch passes because he said I already have the footwork and arm strength. I just need to work on my touch. All of the coaches there are friendly though. They make me feel at home. They showed me stuff that I love about Ole Miss."

What does Keon love about the Rebels?

"I just like the facilities and the atmosphere up there. The student body is great. I went to a couple of their games this year and it is loud and packed. Their students are wild. I love their student body. The players there also make me feel at home. I get a long with a lot of those guys. They are a pretty big factor in my recruitment right now."

Who else is in the picture?

"The four schools who have offered me are Ole Miss, MSU, and Louisville. Florida, North Carolina, and Auburn are getting close. Alabama is recruiting me real hard too."

The 6' 1", 205-pound quarterback went over his visits this summer.

"I came up here to Ole Miss. I went to MSU the night before, and I went to Georgia a couple weeks back."

How did the MSU camp go?

"It was good at (Mississippi) State. I worked pretty good."

What stands out the most about MSU?

"Everything. It's State. It's just Mississippi State."

Keon talks about the differences he had at each and the differences in the style of quarterback coaches with each school.

"Each coach has his own way of coaching. Like at Georgia coach (Mike) Bobo is going to stop everything and tell you what you are doing wrong. He makes sure you know what you are doing wrong. That's what I like about coach Bobo so much. Coach (Brian) Johnson at MSU if he knows you are making a mistake, he is kind of young so he kind of pulls you off to the side and doesn't make a big scene. He just lets you know what you did wrong. He knows what it takes to become a good quarterback. He showed me some good footwork techniques and taught me the responsibility of being a quarterback. He says the quarterback has to be the leader of the team. Be the first person at the team meetings and just do things off the field, as well as on the field, to be that leader. Then at Ole Miss you have coach (Dan) Werner and he's old school. He has his own ways of teaching you because he has been teaching them for so long so he knows how to make you into a great quarterback. He has been around his system for so long that he knows what it takes to be a great quarterback."


Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com


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