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National Signing Day 2015: DT Kraig Howe signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including defensive tackle Kraig Howe from Dayton, Ohio. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Badger football's 2015 class.

Class Position Height Weight
2015 DT 6'3 253 lbs
School Composite Ranking
Archbishop Alter (Dayton, OH) 3 stars No. 58 DT

Kraig Howe followed head coach Paul Chryst from Pittsburgh to Madison and signed his national letter of intent today to play his college football for the Wisconsin Badgers. Coming out of Dayton, Ohio, Howe attended the same high school as former Wisconsin, and current San Francisco 49ers, great Chris Borland. The Badgers can only hope he has a similar impact on the defense. Howe comes in as an undersized defensive tackle, but one who has a high motor and is quick in ball pursuit.

Howe had a nice bond with Chryst and felt that wherever the former Pitt head coach ended up was the place for him to play his college ball ($).

"It was kind of funny, because coach Chryst said this commitment was more exciting than the first time," Howe told BadgerBlitz.com. "We were sitting down in his office and talking about football and all sorts of stuff. Coach is a great guy; he's real and not just a business man. I feel like he does everything the right way and he was really pumped."

"To be able to play for the coaches that I wanted to play for at a place like Wisconsin, not everyone gets that chance. It was the perfect combination of everything and it all worked out in the end."

Rankings

Scout: 3 stars (No. 46 DT)

Rivals: 3 stars 5.6 (No. 46 DT)

247: 3 stars 85 (No. 58 DT, No. 42 Ohio)

ESPN: 3 stars 74 (No. 90 DT, No. 143 region, No. 58 state)

Verbally committed January 24, 2015

After Paul Chryst left Pitt and took the job at Wisconsin, Howe decommitted from the Panthers on January 14th and then it was just a matter of time before he pledged to play for the Badgers. He visited Madison on the 24th and committed the same day. Joe Rudolph is credited with his commitment. Howe sported offers from Pitt, Northwestern, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa State, Boston College and a number of MAC teams. Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Iowa also showed interest in Howe.

Video highlights

Statistics

Senior year: 12 games, 43 solo tackles, 41 assisted tackles, 84 total tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

Junior year: 4 games, 15 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 27 total tackles, 3.5 sacks

Awards

1st Team All-Conference 2014