As National Signing Day crept closer, Geneseo’s Cole Howard received an offer he couldn’t refuse.

As National Signing Day crept closer, Geneseo’s Cole Howard received an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“It’s something I’ve been working for my entire life,” Howard said. “It’s really a dream come true, and I had no idea it would be a difficult decision.”

Howard had offers from some DII and other NAIA football teams on the table, but Robert Morris University made a big push as signing day drew closer and landed Howard, a 280-pound six-foot four-inch lineman.

A senior, Howard earned a spot on the Northern Illinois Big 12 West

Conference Honorable Mention team after the Green Machine made the playoffs and extended Geneseo’s 55th consecutive winning season streak.

Howard competed in wrestling and track and field at Geneseo, but he decided to focus primarily on making his dream of playing college football a reality.

The son of Amy and Neal Howard, Cole caught the attention of Robert Morris after participating in an invite-only camp over the summer.

“The team welcomed me with open arms,” Howard said. “The coaches were awesome, and I got along with the offensive line coach who would be the most important coach to get along with for me.”

Another thing Howard loved about Robert Morris was a chance to have a college experience in the heart of Chicago.

While Howard looks forward to the change of pace, he believes Geneseo has left a lasting impression on his expectations of what it means to be a teammate.

“It taught me a lot about how a team should work,” Howard said. “The brotherhood that’s involved in being a football player is something I’ve never experience anywhere else.”

After Robert Morris suffered a tough set back last season, the Eagles are a team with something to prove trying to earn a second MSFA league championship and NAIA playoff berth in the past three seasons.

Howard has that same mentality coming to Robert Morris in the fall.

He intends on showing those who bet against him that there’s nothing he can’t accomplish and validate everyone who believed in his skill on the gridiron.

“I can’t wait to prove exactly who I am and what I’m worth to those who bet on me over the next four years of my life,” Howard said.