A few days shy of the beginning of the early signing period, a local prep standout received a very important in-home visit from a state school.

St. Thomas More tight end Luke Howard was paid a visit by McNeese last week.

Howard, part of the STM Division II state championship team, was tabbed one of the top five senior tight ends in the state, entering the 2019 season, by Louisiana Gridiron Football.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Howard is scheduled to graduate next spring.

Howard has also reportedly been offered by Nicholls St., Southeastern Louisiana, Northwestern St., Holy Cross, and Southern.