MONROE, N.C. - He’s a sophomore, two-sport star armed with a cannon, and his stock is sky-rocketing.
Sun Valley’s Sam Howell is piling up college offers in both football and baseball.
“That guy is a warrior,” Sun Valley baseball coach Jared Barwick said. “I mean there’s no other way to put it.”
Howell started at quarterback for Sun Valley as a freshman, and soon after the college coaches came calling.
“I started getting a lot of interest from colleges,” Howell said. “I got a lot of mail.”
Now in the middle of baseball season, Howell worked out for Missouri football on Monday, received an offer from the 49ers on Tuesday, and later that night threw a one-hitter for the Spartans’ baseball team. Most recently another offer came his way from Kentucky.
“During football season, I like football better,” Howell said. “During baseball season, I like baseball better.”
A high major division one quarterback prospect, his baseball coach is always in his ear.
“I joke with him all of the time,” Barwick said. “I tell him, ‘you know, we can get you paid right out of high school’?”
Although he already reaches 90 miles per hour on the radar gun, he sees a future playing in pads.
“I like playing both, but I probably won’t play baseball in college,” Howell said. “I know football is my career, so I’m probably going to give it all for football. I watched college football all of the time. I just decided from a young age that his is what I want to do.”
With a college career still a few years away, Howell has his sights set on a couple records owned by former Independence star Chris Leak.
“I’m trying to set the state record in passing yards and touchdowns,” Howell said.