2015 Intro: Kraig Howe

With the University of Wisconsin welcoming its 2015 recruiting class to campus this week, BadgerNation looks at the new Badgers joining the program, like Kettering (OH) Archbishop Alter defensive tackle Kraig Howe.

Commitment Date: 1/24/15

Accolades: Kraig Howe attended Archbishop Alter High School ... ranked as the No. 4 defensive tackle in Ohio, No. 7 in the Midwest and No. 46 in the country by Scout.com … named 2014 Associated Press All-Ohio co-Defensive Player of the Year … first-team all-state selection by AP as a senior and second-team pick as a junior … two-time first-team All-Southwest Ohio selection by AP, including 2014 Defensive Player of the Year… recorded 106 total tackles and 13 TFLs as a senior … led Archbishop Alter to Ohio Class IV state championship game and 15-1 overall record in 2014 … helped Alter’s defense hold opponents to 10.8 points and less than 100 rushing yards per game … finished career with 229 tackles and 24 TFLs.

Recruiting Competition: Howe, a former Pittsburgh commit, picked Wisconsin over other scholarship offers from Boston College, Illinois, Iowa State, Marshall, Miami (OH), Northwestern and Toledo.

Why Wisconsin? “The big reason I chose Wisconsin is it is Big Ten football. It is something I grew up watching, as my family, especially my dad, loves Big Ten football no matter what team it is, from top to bottom.

“Wisconsin as a school is top-notch and the education school is what I want to get into and is top five in the country. So those are two great reasons for me to choose Wisconsin. But also the life at Wisconsin, as you have a city feel but also have that college-town feel with Madison having a beautiful campus.

“There have been three guys [from his high school] that went to Wisconsin all about the same time. Connor Cummins, Cody Byers and Chris Borland all went up there and had different experiences. Chris was all-everything and was the man. Connor walked on and got a medical and Cody went up there and was doing well until he ended up with a concussion issue and had to stop playing. Wisconsin honored his scholarship. So they all had different experiences but all loved it for different reasons.”

Scouting Report: Howe has the frame to add bulk and strength without losing much athletic ability. Once in college, Howe could play on the edge or bulk up and stay inside. Athletically, Howe is able to go sideline-to-sideline to make plays and does a good job of stepping through the trash to get to the ball carrier. His best football should be ahead of him after he spends time in the Wisconsin strength and conditioning program.

BadgerNation Prediction: Despite that the fact that he’s not the space-eater some might want inside, there are a lot of things to like about Howe. Not only does he come from the same school that produced one of the best linebackers in Wisconsin history (Borland), Howe is extremely intelligent, carrying a 3.8 grade point average. He plays with a high intensity and gets off the ball with great quickness. The Badgers got a steal in the hard-working Howe, and he’ll be contributing to this squad plenty down the road.

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