Last year, Notre Dame descended on Archbishop Alter High School and came away with their quarterback of the future in Malik Zaire. Now there’s another talented prospect from Kettering, Ohio that's hoping the Irish decide to make a return trip and that's Alter defensive lineman Kraig Howe.
The talented 6-foot-3, 255-pound defender has saw a mighty increase in recruiting since September 1st and it seems like teams are coming out of the woodwork to evaluate the Archbishop Alter standout.
“Recruiting’s been going really well and I currently have two offers from Illinois and Pittsburgh,” said Howe. “I'm also receiving interest from Big Ten, ACC and SEC schools also.
“This whole thing has been kind of surprising. I look at a lot of kids and I see them getting their offers after their junior season, but I actually got my first offer before I played my first game as a junior. I can clearly remember when I got that first offer because we were in the middle of two-a-days and my coach told me to call Illinois. When I spoke to them they said they really loved the way I played and decided they wanted to offer me. While I was definitely exciting to receive that offer, it was also a humbling experience also.”
Though he’s excited about all the teams that have reached out, Howe is still waiting for one school in particular to join the fray.
“I really haven't heard much from Notre Dame yet,” he admitted. “I spoke to coach Edwards, he's kind of a liaison between college and high school for our school, and I asked him, ‘What's going on the Notre Dame?’ Mr. Edwards told me that Notre Dame isn't one of those schools that's going to be coming around all the time because they're really busy with their season. I definitely understand that, so it's really not a big deal and though I haven't heard from them much yet, I do know that I'm definitely on their radar.”
What is it about Notre Dame that catches his attention?
“Archbishop Alter is a Catholic school and we do a lot of things that Notre Dame does,” explained the Ohio native. “We pray before, at halftime and after games and we really are a faith-based community. We have amazing tradition here and our team is extremely disciplined.
“Notre Dame just seems like a college version of my high school and I really like that a lot.”
The talented defensive lineman is enjoying the process thus far and has already hit the road on a few recruiting visits, but before he'll even think about coming to South Bend he wants to know that the Irish are serious about him first.
“I like to hear from the coaches of a school first before I decide to visit anywhere,” shared Howe. “That's why I've visited places like Illinois, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Northwestern and this weekend I'm going to Indiana. These schools have already contacted me and said, ‘Hey, we really want you to get up on campus.’
“I understand Notre Dame's busy right now and I get that, so if they tell me they want me to get up on campus, you better believe I'm going to be there.
“I have a lot of friends who are Notre Dame fans and I've heard it's extremely beautiful up there. My parents and I really respect Notre Dame, so if the time comes when the coaches tell me to come up to South Bend and see what they're all about, no doubt I'm going to make that trip.”