After coaches from the University of Wisconsin visited, evaluated and offered KeShan Pennamon, Jacksonville (FL) University Christian School athlete Hussein Howe hoped the Badgers wouldn’t be far behind. After all, the 5-9, 175-pound Howe and his 5-10, 170-pound teammate have a desire to play college football together.
Following dialogue with the staff for a few weeks and the staff evaluating his recent practice, Howe got his wish of a Wisconsin offer.
“I feel like Wisconsin is a great school and that they have a great fan base,” Howe told BadgerNation. “They have great tradition at Wisconsin. I am really high on Wisconsin because of the school and tradition, and they send a lot of players to the league.”
There’s a caveat, however. While Howe really likes what the Badgers have to offer, Wisconsin offered him on the defensive side of the ball, as Howe said schools like Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Utah, Wake Forest and West Virginia have offered him on offense.
In fact, Wisconsin is the only school out of Howe’s 11 offers that see him on defense.
“I’ll play cornerback in college, but I’d prefer the offensive side of the ball,” said Howe. “If it comes down me and KeShan playing at the same school, I’m fine with that. I just want to play college football. Coach Dave Aranda said I’m a competitor, I like to compete, I’m a great athlete and I can help them out. When he came to my practice, he said I’m a really good running back, so I’m sure what will happen when I get down there. (Playing defense) is the only thing I’m not sure about (with Wisconsin).”
As the team’s tailback last season, Howe said he rushed for 1,300 and 31 touchdowns. On defense he finished with 30 solo tackles.
“I want to get more explosive,” said Howe. “I train every summer in Atlanta with a trainer. Right now I’m just doing it with my coach doing some speed and agility things to try and improve my explosiveness.”
Rated a three-star recruit and the No.111 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, Howe said he wants to visit California and UCLA after spring ball and also take a trip to West Virginia with Pennamon. Even though the Mountaineers have yet to offer Pennamon, Howe said that school is his current favorite.
“My top dog right now is West Virginia,” said Howe, as only Georgia Tech, Utah and Wisconsin have currently offered both players. “We’re trying to get him an offer from West Virginia and visit there together. I don’t really have a one and a two school, but West Virginia is the one that sticks out.”