'Howe' it's Going

Basketball season is over, but recruiting season is just getting started for Ohio defensive lineman Kraig Howe. See what he's up to and who he plans on visiting this spring.

Plenty of football players are dual-sport athletes, playing basketball as well. Kettering (OH) Alter defensive lineman Kraig Howe is one of those.

Now, Howe is shifting focus back to football, specifically recruiting, as he plans to start taking visits this spring to several schools all over the country.

"I haven't taken any visits yet with basketball just coming to a close," he said, "but I plan on getting around pretty soon."

One of those visits will be to Illinois. Howe plans to stop in and see Illinois the weekend of the 8th-9th.

Illinois is a school that has made a good impression on Howe already, which is a big reason he is so excited to get back on campus and learn more about the program.

"What I really like about Illinois is how much they want me," he said. "They offered early knowing how much potential I have on top of what I've already achieved."

Howe also maintains regular contact with the Illinois staff, who have a history of recruiting well in Ohio.

"I'm in contact with their coaching staff on a regular basis," he said, "and that relationship makes me appreciate all that Illinois has to offer even more."

Howe noted that Pitt, Boston College, and Northwestern are all schools who have offered that he is hearing from regularly as well.

With schools such as the ones pursuing Howe the hardest, it's clear that academics will play a pivotal role in his eventual decision.

"Academics are important to me," he said. "I'm a big believer in the attitude that if you can't get it done in the classroom, that the team will suffer as a result."

Check back on IlliniPlaybook to get the latest following Howe's upcoming visit to Illinois

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