Crystal Ball trending toward Ole Miss for quarterback Walker Howard

The 247Sports Crystal Ball is trending heavily toward Ole Miss for former five-star quarterback Walker Howard. Three Crystal Balls were submitted Monday night between seven and 8 p.m. and all three have the LSU transfer portal player pointed toward Oxford.

The three predicitions come from a variety of experts. National writer Chris Hummer, Inside the Rebels’ David Johnson and TCU insider Jeremy Clark each posted their picks for Howard to end up in Oxford. There are no other predictions forecasting Howard anywhere else other than Ole Miss at this time.

Howard took weekend visits to both Ole Miss and TCU after entering the portal on Friday. He visited Ole Miss first and then TCU.

The 6-1, 195 pounder played in just two games for LSU in 2022 and was redshirted. He has four years of eligibility remaining. Howard was rated as a five-star prospect by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite index in the class of 2022, coming out of St. Thomas Moore High School in Lafayette, La. He was rated as the No. 5 quarterback in America and the No. 4 player in the state of Louisiana.

Ole Miss has been searching the transfer portal for quarterbacks over the off-season. The thought is they are looking for a backup to returning starter Jaxson Dart, but Howard certainly has the arm talent to push him.

Classes begin next Monday at Ole Miss.

SCOUTING REPORT

Adequate frame with lean build that should add some mass in college. Established a following as an elite camp performer early in high school career before taking over varsity starting duties. Has posted encouraging testing numbers early in career (4.76 40, 4.40 shuttle). Consistent, accurate passer to all levels. Steps into throws and gets great zip on balls to the short-to-intermediate range. Posted stellar production in breakout junior campaign. Threw a lot of reps while also valuing the ball, as evidenced by only one INT per 63 pass attempts (five in 316 throws). Not a true dual-threat but functionally mobile with ability to extend plays outside the pocket. Remains accurate on the move. Squares shoulders and fires even when on the run. Plenty of arm strength but still probably some juice to squeeze out at the top end, which should come with add physical mass/strength. Typically stays on top of the ball but will have one sail a bit every once in a while. Possesses a good QB pedigree. Seems quite polished relative to age and could be a particularly high-floor QB at the next level. Projects to high-major competition with long-term NFL Draft potential. – Gabe Brooks

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