A long list of prospects invaded Bloomington last weekend. Class of 2015 defensive lineman Kraig Howe just happened to be one of them. " The visit went really well" Howe told The Crimson Quarry. "The college town atmosphere definitely was something that stood out to me". While on campus, Kraig had the opportunity to check out some of the game day festivities. "The Walk before the game was a tradition that I liked a lot" the 6-3 253 pound Ohio native stated. "I didn't know they did that so I'm glad I got to see it in person".
"The Walk" wasn't the only thing he left Indiana impressed about. "The facilities were very nice. I liked the outdoor practice fields a lot. Also, the weight room opens up to the game field, which is very cool. I think it could serve as motivation for player while they lift. They can look out, see the stadium and use that as something to push them to work harder everyday".
While on campus, Kraig had the opportunity to mingle with a few members of the Hoosier coaching staff. "I talked to Coach Johns. He's actually a University of Dayton alum, so he's very familiar with the Dayton area. We talked about staying in contact a lot. He told me he looks forward to recruiting me and keeping in touch. After the game I met Coach Fabris, the defensive line coach. I watched him give technique advice on the sideline during the game. I've heard he's a great coach so I look forward to getting to know him more. Also I met with another defensive line coach, Coach Patton. He was a very cool guy, another coach I look forward to keeping in touch with".
Indiana might not have won the ball game but they definitely won Howe's respect. "It was a big game for them because it was a match up against a solid SEC team" Kraig said. "Even though the Hoosiers didn't come out with a win, the game was very exciting. I got to go to the locker room after the game. It was interesting to see how the coaches and players handled the loss. I think that's important because it shows the character of the program and coaching staff. The atmosphere was electric. The fact that it was a night game made it all the more enjoyable. All in all, I enjoyed the visit a lot. Definitely a school to keep watching at they progress over the years".
So far this recruiting process, Howe, a junior for Dayton's Archbishop Alter, has received scholarship offers from Illinois and Pittsburgh. The Hoosiers, Ohio State, Northwestern and many others are still evaluating but don't be surprised to see his list grow in the coming months.
Check out these highlights of Kraig Howe on the gridiron: