California kicker talks Army

Mitchell Howard

Let's not forget about the kickers. Army plucked two recruits out of Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, Calif. Offensive lineman Derrick Stom and placekicker Mitchell Howard both signed to play for Coach Rich Ellerson at West Point. Howard, 6-foot-1, 165-pounds, told ArmySports.com it was the official visit to the school in late January that convinced him to become a Black Knight.

Let's not forget about the kickers. Army plucked two recruits out of Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, Calif. Offensive lineman Derrick Stom and placekicker Mitchell Howard both signed to play for Coach Rich Ellerson at West Point. Howard, 6-foot-1, 165-pounds, told ArmySports.com it was the official visit to the school in late January that convinced him to become a Black Knight.

"It was awesome," said Howard on the January 26th visit. "Everything I saw there blew me away. I loved it. What blew me away the most were the football facilities. They were incredible. I think the visit was the main thing that made me want to go to West Point because I had such a better understanding of the Academy afterward. I can't wait to get started I think it's going to be a cool experience."

At Las Lomas, Howard was a three-year starter on varsity for the Knights. In his senior season, he was named All-Diablo Foothill League for the second straight season as well as All-Alameda County in the Bay Area. He went four out of six in field goal attempts as a senior with a long of 43 yards and a 67 yard average on kickoffs.

"Army started calling me at the beginning of my senior year," explained Howard. "I started talking more seriously with Ian Shields, my recruiter, about midway through the season. He said they loved my accuracy and strong leg. I was recruited as a placekicker but I can also punt."

While Las Lomas teammate, Derrick Stom, will go the USMAPS route, Howard is set to go directly in to the Academy this summer.

"I've been working with a strength and conditioning coach to get prepared for basic training and for football," Howard said. "I'm going to start kicking every soon to get ready to go in and compete."

Howard was a four-year Letterman for the soccer team and team captain as an upperclassman. His longest non-game field goal attempt made is a 63-yarder.

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