With another ugly weekend for Syracuse hoops, Naesean “Naes” Howard’s commitment to the Orange was a bright spot. Scott Shafer is ahead of last year’s pace. Howard’s verbal is the first for SU in the 2014 class, a feat the Orange did not achieve last year until May.
Howard is a RD/DB from West Genesee High School in nearby Camillus, NY. Syracuse and Buffalo are the only two schools to offer Howard thus far, but he has made it clear he wants to play in the Dome where he had some big games before.
Although he is recruited as a running back, Howard has played a fair amount of safety and cornerback. There is a good possibility the staff could test Howard’s ability at both positions next year to see where Howard best matches up. Nas told Syracuse.com “If I had a choice, I would want to play defense. When you’re a running back, people are aiming to hit you, but on defense you’re aiming at other people. I love contact.”
Many see Howard as an under the radar talent, something Shafer’s staf...