QB Walker Howard, son of former LSU QB Jamie Howard, commits to the Tigers for 2022 class

Glenn Guilbeau
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
St. Thomas More quarterback Walker Howard during junior varsity action earlier this season.

BATON ROUGE — The quarterbacks are lining up to come to LSU.

It used to be a very short line.

Walker Howard, the top-rated quarterback in Louisiana for the Class of 2022, committed to LSU on Friday. The son of former LSU quarterback Jamie Howard, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Howard plays at St. Thomas More in Lafayette as his father did.

The elder Howard started 32 games over parts of four seasons at LSU from 1992-95 and also played professional baseball in the minor leagues after being picked in the second round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft by the Atlanta Braves. Howard is fifth all-time at LSU with 6,158 career passing yards and seventh in career touchdown passes with 34.

Walker Howard is expected to be the starting quarterback for St. Thomas More in the 2020 season after backing up Louisiana Tech signee Caleb Holstein the last two seasons. He chose LSU over scholarship offers from Alabama, TCU, Texas A&M, Baylor, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Penn State, Arizona State and the Ragin' Cajuns, among others.

"LSU's always had a special place in my heart," Howard said on ESPN Radio 104.5 FM in Baton Rouge on Friday. "My mom went there. My dad played there. Always as a kid, my whole family went to LSU games. We always wore LSU jerseys. I wore my dad's number (4). It's just got a special place in my heart."

Howard's mother Kathyrn Howard passed away in 2018 from cancer.

"My mom always wanted me to be a Tiger," Walker Howard said. "And she's smiling down right now. I'm very excited. I found a place where it makes me happy. It's got so much history over there."

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Howard's older sister, Meredyth Howard, is a sophomore volleyball player at LSU after also playing at St. Thomas More.

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LSU also has a quarterback commitment for its 2021 class from Garrett Nussmeier, who is the No. 6 pro style quarterback in the nation out of Flower Mound, Texas. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Doug Nussmeier.

And the Tigers are a finalist for the commitment of Caleb Williams, who is the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the nation from Gonzaga High in Washington, D.C., for the class of 2021. Williams is expected to announce his commitment on July 4 to one of three schools — LSU, Oklahoma or Maryland.

Freshmen quarterbacks for LSU for the 2020 season are four-star prospect Max Johnson of Watkinsville, Georgia, and three-star prospect TJ Finley of Ponchatoula. They are expected to back up projected junior starter Myles Brennan. Johnson signed with LSU as the No. 11 pro style quarterback in the nation.

Howard was likely coming to LSU anyway, but he particularly liked the new spread, passing offense that the Tigers displayed during a 15-0 national championship season in 2019-20 under quarterback Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy and directed one of the best offenses in college football history.

"Their offense now, they're using their athletes well," Howard said. "That's what you need to do with these unbelievable athletes going to LSU."

The Tigers have five commitments for their class of 2022. Howard is the second from Louisiana, joining wide receiver Decoldest Crawford of Green Oaks High in Shreveport.

Howard showed tremendous arm strength and accuracy at various camps the last two summers, including at LSU, to rise up recruiting rankings, even though he has played little. He has been seen throwing the ball 60 yards in the air.

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As a freshman, Howard completed 1-of-5 passes for 15 yards and one touchdown. In 2019, as a sophomore, Howard completed 12-of-25 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown, while rushing 15 times for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Both Jamie Howard and his son had the COVID-19 virus recently.

"I was locked up for a month," Walker Howard said. "After a month, I got back in shape."