Joliet West running back Trenten Howland breaks free for a big gain on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at Plainfield Central High School.
Joliet West running back Trenten Howland breaks free for a big gain on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at Plainfield Central High School. — Geoff Stellfox for Shaw Media

Trent Howland made quite an impression as Joliet West's lead running back in his junior campaign for the Tigers.

And the collegiate interest surfaced quickly and recently culminated with his committment to Indiana.

The soon-to-be senior announced his decision Friday on Twitter.

Howland powered his way to 1,550 rushing yards and 17 total touchdowns for Joliet West in 2019, which included a splendid 13-carry, 301-yard, five touchdown performance against Plainfield Central in the regular-season capper. The win gave Joliet West the Southwest Prairie East Conference title, the school's first football conference championship in 50 years.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound bruising runner also had offers from other Big Ten schools Nebraska, Minnesota and Purdue and had also received offers from Iowa State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.

Howland will join an Indiana program in the fall of 2021 that currently has four underclassmen running backs and one other committed recruit out of the Class of 2021, David Hollomon from Avondale High School in Auburn Hills, Michigan.