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Howard going from one Kentucky power to another

April 25, 2013
By Kenneth True of Nations Elite

Howard #71 had to deal with injuries during his senior season.

J.K. Howard is headed to Georgetown College in Georgetown (KY), the Tigers like his HS team the Danville Admirals knows a thing or two about winning titles as well.

Howard says “The first day Coach Cronin came in and was recruiting me I felt like I was already part of the family, and family is very important to me and that is what I want to be around.” Howard knew “from the beginning” he was supposed to be at Georgetown as he says “I went up there on my first overnight visit and stayed with some of the OL and they were great and I could see myself there.”

Howard who stands at 6’5 and 320 lbs. had other options in Western Kentucky, Kentucky, Murray State, Union, Lindsey Wilson, Pikeville, Tennessee Martin, Fordham, and Butler.

Two things you can draw comparisons between Danville (KY) HS where J.K. played his HS ball and Georgetown is championships as Danville has won 9 Kentucky state championships and Georgetown has won 3 NAIA national championships. J.K. said “At Danville you were expected to win the state championship or it was a lost season, and Georgetown has went undefeated in their regular season the past two years.”

When you hear the name Danville (KY) you’re likely drawn to the rivalry between Danville and Boyle County HS’s J.K. even took some time to talk about the hugeness of that rivalry in saying “I think in Danville we have one of the biggest rivalries in the nation. Everywhere we go someone is talking about how good Danville is or how good Boyle County is, but when Friday night comes the whole town shuts down, this game is bigger than the state game. Picking up a win over them is everything because it is really not for you, it is for the community of Danville that’s how big it is.”

When you play for a state power like J.K. did you walk around with a target on your back as J.K. puts it “Playing for Danville helped me in a big way, when we go out every night we get the best from everyone. I don’t think there was an easy game we played all year. It has taught me how to be a leader when times are hard and has tought me to fight through pain, and that is what college ball is going to be like.”

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