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Pitt set to host Howe

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Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter class of 2015 defensive tackle Kraig Howe has yet to attend a college game this fall, but he has set an ambitious upcoming visit schedule that starts this weekend.
"This weekend I am going up to Pitt to watch them play New Mexico," Howe said. "I am really excited… they play at Heinz Field and I've heard it is a great atmosphere.
"Coach (Joe) Rudolph came into Alter and I met him a couple times. He seems like a great guy and I guess they have a great staff there, so I'm excited to get there and talk with them."
Howe had originally looked into visiting Illinois this upcoming weekend. The Illini became the first school to extend him an offer last month, but this weekend's game will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago and he decided to wait until they were playing in Champaign.
"They said I could come up and they'd love to have me, but I wouldn't be able to experience what it's like in [their] stadium, so I decided to hold off," Howe said.
Howe plans to reschedule that trip to Illinois for the weekend of Oct. 19 to see them host Wisconsin. In the meantime, he has maintained close contact with their staff.
"I am able to talk with Coach (Alex) Golesh every once in awhile on the phone, and they Facebook and send mail," Howe said. "Coach Golesh is a great guy and I'd like to meet the whole staff. They have had a great season so far, and handled Cincinnati pretty well. I'm excited to see them in person and experience what it is like in their stadium."
Following the Pitt visit, Howe plans to attend Indiana's home contest with Missouri on Sept. 21. He also has tentative plans to attend games at Big Ten programs Northwestern (Oct. 5) and Ohio State (Oct. 26). In between, he will head south to catch an Arkansas game on Oct. 12.
"Some other schools have been jumping on board and Arkansas is one of them," Howe said. "I am going down to make that trip. It's a long drive and we'll have to figure that out, but I'm excited to see that game."
The 6-foot-3, 253-pound Howe has played anywhere from tight end to fullback to linebacker during his prep career, but is projected along the defensive line in college.
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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