Ladue (MO) Horton Watkins senior defensive end Nate Howard was one prospect most had no knowledge about until he committed to the University of Wisconsin on a June campus visit. Now he is one of the commits looked upon in this class having the most potential at the next level, but that has resulted in others trying to lure him away.
Taking his official visit to Wisconsin this past weekend, Howard got a reminder of why he committed to the program in the first place.
“The visit was amazing,” Howard told BadgerNation. “I was able to tour the beautiful campus with a couple other recruits and my family. We were feed lots of food and were lucky to watch an awesome performance from the Badgers. Earlier today I sat down and talked with some of the coaches before I took off.”
Before leaving Sunday morning, the 6-5, 225-pound Howard had conversations with head coach Gary Andersen, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, defensive line coach Chad Kauha’aha’a and tight end coach Jeff Genyk.
“We talked about what my role on defense would be and that I will be doing a lot of moving and pretty much playing with my hand in the ground to standing up and dropping in coverage possibly,” said Howard. “I’m very talented and my athleticism will be used effectively. I’m a great fit in their odd-front defense and looking to play early. With Coach Andersen, we pretty much talked about the same along with how I’ll be taken care and is important to the future of the program.”
Sitting as the No. 115 defensive end in the country and a three-star recruit by Scout.com, Howard was one of five official visitors on campus over the weekend, getting a chance to build his relationship with a number of probably future teammates.
“I talked to Christian (Folau), who is not a commit, and he was saying he likes Wisconsin and the game atmosphere is amazing,” said Howard. “I talked with the corner Titus (Booker), who’s excited for next year, along with junior Antonio Williams and (senior commit) David Edwards. I also talked with Jake Pickard, the other defensive end, about us being the starting defensive ends in the future and tearing offenses up and just excited overall.”
With his official visit to Wisconsin in the books, how solid is his commitment to the Badgers?
“I’m pretty solid to Wisconsin, and I do plan on taking more visits,” said Howard. “I have not set up any visits and it will take a lot for a school to flip me from Wisconsin.”