Richard Davenport is a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
Tough Howe set to visit Hogs
It’s not likely someone will question the toughness of junior defensive lineman Kraig Howe, who plans to visit Arkansas on Nov. 2.
Howe, 6-3, 255, 5.0 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Kettering, Ohio, Archbishop Alter ran his 40 yard time earlier in the year with a broken right foot he didn’t know he had.
“I ran that forty and a couple weeks later, I found out that I had a broken foot,” Howe said. “They said you’ve been on this for a while and I was like ‘Yeah, it’s been painful, it’s been rough.’ I was in a boot for a good portion of the summer.”
Howe’s toughness and ability has earned him scholarship offers from Pittsburgh and Illinois along with interest of numerous other schools, including the Hogs. Archbishop Alter offensive line coach Tim Edwards informed him of the Razorbacks’ interest.
“He let me know I was on Arkansas’ radar,” Howe said. “They’re in the SEC which is arguably one of the best conferences or the best conference to play in.”
Two Ohio natives, cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson, who visited his school in the spring, and graduate assistant Nick Caley are recruiting him.
“I talked to coach Caley about getting down to the campus,” Howe said.
Howe said he’s called recruiting coordinator Chris Hauser several times.
“I’m in the process of starting a relationship with him throughout the recruiting process,” Howe said. “It’s one of those things where they show interest in me and I’m returning it and doing my best to get down there and see what they’re all about.”
Coach Bret Bielema recruited Wisconsin and All Big 10 linebacker Chris Borland from Archbishop Alter.
“Guys from their staff have recruited people like Chris Borland that was from Alter and now he’s doing so well at Wisconsin,” Howe said. “They understand what college football is all about.”
Howe also plays power forward and center for his high school basketball for his high school basketball team and started as sophomore on a team that went to the state’s Final Four. He isn't sure if he’ll play inside or on the outside of the defensive line on the next level.
“I’ve heard both it all depends on how I grow in the next couple of years and how my body takes on weight,” Howe said. “I could see myself being a D-tackle or a D-end.”
Edwards had kind words for Hauser and others at Arkansas.
“He’s very high on their staff,” Howe said. “He knows coach Johnson, coach Hauser, coach Bielema and Caley. He knows all the guys I’ve been in contact with. He knows everyone.”