Davis Howell, a senior at Christian Academy of Knoxville (Tenn.), broke the national record for career receptions Friday in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Class 3A final against Milan.
The receiver broke the record of 349, which was previously held by Ben Wonderly of Fairview (Sherwood, Ohio). That record was set in 2008 and obviously did not stand the test of time.
Howell showed serious toughness in nabbing this record as well. Before the game against Milan, he had played the last five games with a broken thumb. Thumbs are pretty important for a receiver and that just makes his record breaking day more impressive.
Howell entered the game with 343 catches and caught his 350th career pass late in the second quarter.
Christian Academy of Knoxville’s high-powered offense has already rewritten a couple of records this year. Their quarterback, Charlie High, broke the state’s single-season passing record on Friday as well. The Warriors are 13-1 this year.
In addition to Howell, Christian Academy of Knoxville also has two more receivers with more than 1,000 yards in Josh Smith and Franklin Murchison. That my friends, is a high-octane passing game.
Howell has nice vertical leap and incredibly hands when you watch highlights of him. (Check out that one-handed catch in the video above.) He can be an impact player in college, but at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds he will have to have an impact as a Wes Welker-type possession receiver out of the slot. He can’t be the go-to receiver on your team, but he could make it to 2nd or 3rd on the depth chart if he works hard.
Howell reportedly has interest from such schools as Clemson, Duke, Kentucky, Mississippi, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee. My money is on Howell staying close to home and joining either the Commodores or the Volunteers. Disagree with my college choice or think Howell has bad hands? Rant your comment below.