Wisconsin ousts Illinois, Iowa State for 3-star DL Jamel Howard

Jamel Howard, a 6-foot-3, 320-pound defender from Chicago, publicly announced his commitment to Wisconsin Sunday night. Howard becomes the 12th committed prospect in the 2023 recruiting class in Wisconsin and the 11th committed since May.

Howard chose Wisconsin over scholarship offers from Illinois and Iowa State, as well as multiple offers from Mid-American Conference. He is the second fullback from Illinois State to sign for Wisconsin in the class, joining Roderick Pierce of Oak Lawn, Illinois. Wisconsin now has a total of four Illinois signings in the class, having combined four Illinois prospects in the previous four recruiting classes. The last time Wisconsin signed four Illinois players in the same class was in 2008.

Howard, a three-star candidate from Marist High School, is ranked the number 132 defender in the country on the 247Sports Composite. He received his scholarship offer from Wisconsin in May and paid an official visit to Madison two weekends ago. Wisconsin will have two high-ranked defensive-end starters in Keeanu Benton and Isaiah Mullens this season, so it was imperative for the Badgers to replenish talent up front.

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