Former Kansas State quarterback Will Howard has been a hot commodity since entering the transfer portal three weeks ago, but he hasn’t locked down a destination as of now.

As Howard weighs his options, a deadline is approaching for at least one of his potential destinations is the NFL, as On3’s Pete Nakos reports is still an option for the former Wildcat. Howard would have to declare for the NFL Draft by January 15, meaning he’s got three more weeks to decide on that.

While a jump to the NFL is certainly an exciting option for the senior quarterback, it was Nakos’ comments on the two schools that seem the most likely to land Howard that made ears perk up.


“That’s another one where I think the NFL is going to actually be on the auction board,” Nakos told Andy Staples on Andy Staples On3. “Jan. 15 is another day to know. I’ve heard USC, I know he obviously visited Miami. I don’t think Miami is very confident he’s gonna land there.

“And obviously, Ohio State is still shopping for a quarterback. I don’t think they’re completely off the quarterback market. … But yeah, I think the Buckeyes definitely are at least looking at Will Howard. And USC, obviously, and Lincoln Riley would obviously love to add him and have Howard be the starting quarterback for the Trojans in 2024.”

Could Howard be the starting quarterback for a Big Ten title contender next season? It’s certainly a possibility, which should come as no surprise to anyone who’s watched his four-year career in Manhattan.

Howard led K-State to a Big 12 title in 2022 and is Kansas State’s all-time passing touchdowns leader with 45 scores through the air over four years. Whoever lands him is getting a veteran quarterback with all the skills necessary to win every game he’s a part of.