Former No. 1 MN Recruit Jaxon Howard (LSU) is Coming Home to Gophers, PJ Fleck

Jaxon Howard, Louisiana State
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The Minnesota Gophers have landed one of their biggest transfer portal commitments of the portal era, in former Robbinsdale Cooper phenom, Jaxon Howard (EDGE), who enrolled as a true freshman at LSU for the class of 2023, and entered the portal on Monday.

Jaxon should immediately compete for a starting job on the EDGE this fall. He may have been in danger of being buried on the LSU depth chart, but this isn’t Baton Rouge.

Immediately here in 2024, it’s easy to see Howard earning a role alongside rush end Danny Striggow. Minnesota doesn’t have much proven depth behind the senior from Orono, so Howard should be able to provide some snaps in tandem with Striggow for Minnesota this fall.

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Minnesota Gophers land Jaxon Howard?

We do not know, for sure, how good Jaxon Howard is or will be. But there’s no doubting his talent. The son of Minnesota football legend Willie Howard, the former No. 1 overall recruit in the state of Minnesota (2023), a 94-Overall 4-Star monster who now stands 6’4″, 241 lb, according to the LSU Football website.

Over 1,000 D1 football players have entered the portal since last season ended. Howard rates as a 4-star (92-overall) transfer portal talent, according to 247Sports, which slots him in as the 10th best EDGE in the portal, nationally, and the 72nd-best overall transfer portal entrant in the entire country.

New QB, Max Brosmer is the only comparable talent the Gophers have landed out of the portal so far. He too is rated as a 4-star (90-overall), 118th best in the country. This commitment only adds to what I wrote about earlier this week, that PJ Fleck, the University of Minnesota and Dinkytown Athletes are on a recruiting/portal hot streak, of late…

But it might be more than that. Not only is DTA bringing in more and more cash every month, but the trust, cooperation and collaboration between the entities seems to be as aligned and efficient as any NIL collective + football program in the country. And clearly, it’s paying dividends.

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