Howard Committed but Taking Visits

Nate Howard is currently committed to Wisconsin, but he's taking a handful of visits this fall despite his pledge. He recently stopped by Illinois and has plans to see a few others.

St. Louis (MO) Ladue Horton Watkins LB Nate Howard pledged to Wisconsin this summer, but is still considering some other schools and has taken a couple visits to explore some of his options.

"I still have a strong connection with Wisconsin and am going through the process," Howard said, "but I'm seeing some other schools."

Howard still remains committed to Wisconsin, but he still wants to take some extra steps to make sure his decision was the right one.

"It's the whole process," he explained. "I want to go through it and make sure I make the best choice."

One school who still remained in hot pursuit of Howard even after his commitment to the Badgers was Illinois. The continued effort and commitment didn't go unnoticed by Howard.

"They all show me a lot of love and tell me they want me a lot," he said. "I like how they stayed after me even after I committed. That shows a lot of interest and commitment to me. Illinois was one of the first schools that looked at me junior year. I've talked to them since then."

Howard mostly plays the outside linebacker role, but he's especially effective in pass rush situations. So it's no surprise that Illinois is recruiting him at a position that combines traits of both an outside linebacker and rush DE role.

"Here they have a role called LEO that's like a stand-up defensive end," he said. "That's what they see for me."

Illinois isn't the only visit Howard has taken since he committed to Wisconsin. The "Show Me State" linebacker saw his home-state school earlier this season.

"A couple weeks ago I visited Mizzou and it was pretty good there," he said. "I have an official visit set up with Wisconsin too."

Howard, though committed to Wisconsin, made it obvious that he is still exploring other options. In addition to Missouri and Illinois, Howard may also take an official visit to the Northeast before making a final call.

"Nothing's final until I sign in February, so I'm still kind of looking around," Howard said. "I may take officials to Syracuse, possibly Illinois, possibly Missouri. All their coaches show a lot of interest and really want me, too."

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