Riverside Community College athletics

Skylar Howard threw for 3,151 yards with 33 touchdowns and six interceptions at Riverside (Calif.) Community College this season. The 6-foot freshman also ran for 343 yards with five touchdowns.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — For the third time in 16 months, West Virginia received a commitment from a dual-threat quarterback as Skyler Howard of Riverside (Calif.) City College pledged to the Mountaineers on Sunday.

Howard plans to enroll in January and will join four-star prospect William Crest of Baltimore-Dunbar in West Virginia’s 2014 signing class. It appears WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson are committed to recruiting more mobile quarterbacks. Don’t forget that the Mountaineers’ 2013 class included dual-threat quarterback Chavas Rawlins (who promptly transferred to Duquesne and moved to receiver.)

Howard, who began his career last summer as a walk on at Stephen F. Austin before transferring to Riverside during the preseason, will have four years to play three at WVU. He doesn’t own many big-time offers — Northern Colorado and New Mexico State were also in contention—but arm strength and 4.6 speed has Howard drawing interest from Virginia Tech and San Diego State. Riverside coach Tom Craft recently told The Riverside Press-Enterprise he expected Howard will receive offers from Cal and Utah.

“Howard definitely will have every opportunity to compete for the job once he enrolls in January, depending on how he adjusts and translates to the college game,” said senior writer Keenan Cummings of WVSports.com. “He brings some intangibles to the table that is lacking with the current group. His decision-making was excellent this year—he completed nearly 70 percent of his passes.”

JCGridiron.com ranked the 6-foot-tall Howard as its No. 4 dual-threat junior college quarterback in the Class of 2014.

“He is not necessarily a scrambler, but Howard can extend plays with his feet and run the ball when necessary,” Cummings said. “He does a good job getting the football out of his hands to the playmakers around him and, overall, this is a quality add for WVU this late in the process, especially given the early commitment nature of the quarterback position.”

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  • Now that's funny

    Been a while since I've read up on QB situation. The in depth article your talking about is from a writer who literally knows nothing about the game of football. Probably much like yourself, a grandfather, father, perhaps a mother who thinks their child is much better then they actually are.

  • d.devious

    A walk on will not start in the big 12 where do you get your facts from? A freshman walk on started for Texas Tech a big 12 school. Also threw for over 500 yards in his first game.

  • Beaver 06

    The kid missed his senior season because no one wanted him to play QB for their team.

  • AC

    Also next season wvu have the best chance to make it in the final 4 because bama is the first on the schedule


  • AC

    I will be walking on at wvu as a qb in the spring, my game is similar to johnny manziels, I have never played organized football, but I have been studying film since june. I have been working out and will continue. I'm putting in all my heart and effort towards this program which I think it lacks. As unreal as it sounds, I think I have the best chance to take wvu to the new 4 team playoff this year and hope to satisfy fans that have been waiting and suffering. Keep an eye out for me.


  • Offense Help

    Hey Beaver, I don't recall any recent QB at Bluefield going D1 except Will Cole walk on at VT who transferred to Concord who then quit. This kid missed his senior season and still walked on this season at WVU, year longer than Cole. He did play scout team this past season. Don't be a hater just try to keep up with the team.

  • Offense Help

    Rather than accusing the kid of writing reply, try reading article yourself!

    O’Bryan’s Corner: Some Quarterback News at WVU

    December 9, 2013 / Michael Walker /
    Rivals reported today that California’s Riverside Community College quarterback Skyler Howard has verbally committed to WVU. He is a full qualifier and will have four years to play three.

    The 6’-0” 205 lb. dual threat Howard is the Mountaineers second quarterback commitment for 2014 and is eligible to enroll after December.

    Maryland’s Dunbar High School QB William Crest committed earlier. The 6’-2” 200 lb. Crest is a true drop back quarterback more in the mold of Geno Smith.

    Maryland rules do not allow students to graduate early. Crest must wait until the summer semester to enroll.

    We all know about Clint Trickett, Paul Millard and Ford Childress, but many don’t know about freshman West Virginia native Gregory McPherson.

    If I hadn’t found McPherson’s name on the roster, I wouldn’t have known about the 6′-2″, 220 lb. walk on quarterback. If no one leaves, WVU will have six QBs on the roster for 2014.

    This is my prediction: Clint Trickett will win the starting QB position with Howard as his back-up. The wildcard in all of this could be Gregory McPherson.

    McPherson played quarterback at Princeton WV High School during his sophomore and junior years.

    A hand injury prevented him from playing his senior year. McPherson goes by his middle name Storm, and is a left hander with a strong arm. NCAASports.org has a video here from his junior year in high school.

    The true pocket passer completed 42 of 60 passes for 700 yds. and six touchdowns during that year. McPherson also rushed 12 times for 78 yds. and a touchdown.
    Until next time

    O'Bryans' corner / Tags: Quarterback, WVU |

  • Truthteller

    This guy looks like he has something Ford and Millard don't seem to have athletics and a brain.
    We need to get some strong athletics receivers.
    We have boys who are afraid to be men right now.
    WVU needs to get big tall receivers that are hungry for that ball and will lay out for the catch act like scared little girls that we have now.

  • Frank / Moundsville

    7 JUCO commits? The program is in shambles and these are just band aids. You build a program with 4 year recruits and redshirts.............not JUCO transfers...........smells of desperation to me.

  • tw eagle

    it's possible that the "light" has finally turned on in Holgerson's thinking pot . . . it's gonna take 5 consecutive years of good recruiting on the O line ( and the accumulated experience) in the XII till WVU can safely play
    an immobile QB as a full time starter . . . like the big easy , where WVU "grew" to know their annual conference opponents , they need time to learn the "habits" of their new
    partners . . .

    I hope Howard and Crest work the same magic that the " snake and the stud " did for WVU a decade ago . . .


    With all due respect to all of our WVU fans who care about our football program and our future; Dana Holgosen is NOT head coaching material whatsoever. He does NOT know how to get a team ready during the week, and have them at their peak to play on game day. He does NOT know how to manage a coaching staff period. He uses more excuses than any coach I have seen here at WVU in 40 years. It is a mess !

  • Mister Man

    So what are you saying?

  • Mister Man


  • hailey

    Mauldawg, I do not think bashing players by name is the way to go... but I sure would like to see the team improve and that starts with the head coach. I have never played an x box but I have watched football for 35 yrs and the past 2 years we look unprepared more often than not.

  • hailey

    Ihis years line was absolutely soft and ineffective.... next years must be better, I am not ready to hang Crook yet but I certainly did not see anything this year up front to get me too excited.

  • Rambling Wreck

    "They wont play another down for WVU."

    You aren't very good in the prediction business. You overwhelmingly predicted WVU would go 9-3 in 2013. How did that that work out for you? 4-8 that is how!!!!

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Can't speak for Stanford but sure know I witnessed a high paid coach accept no public responsibility this yr. If he had I could afford to be a forward thinker.

  • Brian

    Thanks for the "post" Mr. McPherson; I'm sure the rest of us our counting the minutes until Greg hits the field and takes us to a National Championship!!

  • Leonard Williams

    About time I found some reading material that has people who are NOT ready to hang Coach Hlogs. I "LOVE the STATE of WEST VIRGINIA" but people need to remember that it is a "HELL of a lot HARDER" to recruit to Small Town West Virginia than it is to Alabama, FSU, LSU, UGA, Stanfford, USC, U Miami or a lot of other "Big Time Schools", including about half of the BIG 12. Although we are still better of in the BIG 12 than we ever were in the "BIG LEAST", which was as good as dead starting with the departure of BC Miami and then the Backdoor exit by Va Tech.
    I, for one, like the direction in which our Football and BBall (I thru that in their for the especially for those people who do not like Huggs) Teams are heading.
    As for Football, everyone knows that Rome was not built in a day and where College Football is concerned it takes at least 3 or 4 years for a new Coach to get his players into the system and have a chance to change things on the field. At WVU add into it the fact that you are not recruiting to all of the schools mentioned above PLUS the change from the "BIG LEAST to the BIG 12", which is turning out to be a little harder than expected, "But It Will" in time", just give everything enough time to work out.

  • dante

    skyler howard has a chance to light it up. he is mobile, has nice arm strength, accuracy, nice deep ball, makes quick decisions, and last but not least, he is a PLAYMAKER. we will have talent every where around him all throughout his career, now all we need is for the o line to keep improving.

  • jonny football x2

    I also have seen the walkon, he is next years qb, no doubt.
    I hear some knocking on walkons here, yet in the same comments upholding howard who was a walkon at tulane and didn't cut it.
    Juco players never pan out, stats are a joke cause the talent is basically hs ball.
    Some peoples kids...

  • OldSkool

    He is hoping to be a good one in time.

  • OldSkool

    I wouldn't be too quick to nix Childress. Yeah he is maybe just a little more mobile than Bernie Kosar but he has a big arm. Behind a good offensive line it is hard to say what he could do. Question is, will our O line be improved?

    As for watching video on any particular player, did you happen to see FSUs spring game? Trickett completed some nice passes in that game to the corner of the end zone, put some nice touch on the ball. It just didn't translate to game day at WVU. One could expect Trickett to be much improved and compete for the starting spot. For his sake I hope he hits the weight room.

    Millard's talents seem best suited for division 1AA. Not likely he will be in the running.

  • Troll

    Guess Stanford's line was just great and Crook did nothing but sit back and watch, my bad. This backward thinking by some that these coaches weren't good because we had a bad year is something to behold.

  • Troll

    On point my friend, in fact if you look at season ending stats in the Big 12 what few players we had ranked were all the young players or Holgorsen transfers except two Mr. Cook and Mr. Clark. Seems to me Holgorsen and company are doing fine in recruiting.

  • Troll

    The key was in your statement, maybe you shouldn't think Mr. Lead Recruiter for who?

  • Richie

    OH!! Karl Joseph, Daryl Worley, Nick Kwiatkoski to name a few look like there going to turn out to be exellent Recruits by holgorsen and his posse!

  • 1oleWVUFan

    I too look for Trickett to be the Starting QB with Howard being the Back-up.

    I also agree that if any of the QBs were to transfer, most likely it would be Childress. Millard only needs a year to graduate and he wasn't highly recruited to begin with.

  • 1oleWVUFan

    I have no interest in any of WVU's QBs one way or the other. It is up to them to make the team.

    You completely missed the point, which is that this could very well be the 'Wildcard' in all of this.

    We all saw Trickett, Childress and Millard play last year, and everyone is raving about Crest and Howard, coming to WVU. McPherson is a site unseen and no one really knows anything about him.

    May the BEST player win!!!

  • Webb

    Not sure how Dana's wonderful eye for QB talent should make me think this guy is going to be any better than the ones he's already recruited. This is his 3rd full season as Head Coach and so far he's brought in Childress, Trickett, Rawlins(not even @ WVU), Crest(maybe, still not official) and this JUCO who had offers from Northern nowhere and Southern whocares. Dana wouldn't know what a good QB was if they hit him in the face with a football.

  • Webb

    Shawn, is he not the one that recruited those fumbling players here? He's not making the mistakes ON the field because he's too busy making his own mistakes on the sidelines.

  • TheFungoKnows

    A walk-on at SFA? No Div.-1 offers at all? Only 6' tall? Sounds like another Paul Millard.
    No thanks.
    Desparaton has set in for Holgorsen and Shannon now that Ollie Luck has put them on the spot.

  • BH

    Seriously, your sudden and constant hype of this kid is getting a bit ridiculous, if not embarrassing.

  • HopeWVU

    You should get your wish, we have about 4 or 5 more 4 * guys really interested in the program.

  • Hesa Duffus

    And your going back home to get drunks again and pass out on your moms porch.....again

  • westfair518

    Allan, what do you see happening to the other quarterbacks already on the squad?

  • Beaver06

    We have had QB's better than that kid from across the county and they are not even close to being a Div I QB. Scout team player at best. We need difference makers in Holgs offense not QB's that lead there team to sub .500 records in the state of WV.

  • oh wow

    I agree with hesa duffus....come on man !.........anyone reading these posts has to see who is behind them.

  • Hesa Duffus

    Hello 1oleWVUfan

    Excuse me for asking but are you this McPherson kids dad or grandpa!!! enough with promotion of a kid who sat out his senior season.

    Please understand. A walk on WILL NOT start at quarterback for West Virginia against Big 12 competition. It is almost impossible for any true freshman to start at quarterback these days let alone a walk on that has missd a season. So please, grampa, give it a rest.

    If the kid makes the team and works on his game he MAY see some game action but West Virginia high school victories and not the same as playing against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas , Baylor and so on......

    I know you love the kid but PLEASE stop the "High School legend" talk ok

    Thank You

  • Ole Sasquatch

    That's right Troll. We all could'nt help to notice all the adjustments and improvements as the year went along. Yes, sir the offensive line coach is really good.
    What I liked about Coach Trickett was when the offensive line was'nt up to par in all his interviews he said so and he worked, adjusted and showed constant improvement. You see where he has Florida St. When this offensive line coach is interviewed he never lets on anything is wrong. I don't see him taking any responsibility, despite what we had to witness every week.

  • wvajoker

    "I hope one of his innovative new wrinkles is not going for it with 4th and 14!!"

    A least, Dana showed more confidence in the team than most of the commenters here. Win or lose they are still out Mounties.

  • 1oleWVUfan

    WVU's Football Coaching Staff, I hope is finally stable, and I truly believe we finally have a group of quality coaches.

    This will be Seider's, Crook's, Gibson's, and Mitchell's first year of recruiting under Holgorsen, and so far things are looking pretty good recruiting wise.

    I'd like to see at least two or more 4-Star recruits added to the list of Commits.

    Go EERs!

  • 1oleWVUfan

    The WVU QB Battle is really heating up.

    With the addition of Crest and Howard, WVU will have 6-QBs going into the 2014 Season:
    Paul Millard - Scholarship
    Ford Childress - Scholarship
    Gregory McPherson - Preferred Walk-on
    Clit Trickett - Transfer
    William Crest - Scholarship
    Skyler Howard - JUCO Transfer

    What can we fans take from this?

    First, Millard and Childress are now out of the picture for Starting QB. Second, with Crest not being able to graduate early from high school, he is out of the picture for the Starting QB position at WVU.

    So who will WIN the Starting QB position? Trickett is the most likely winner, but is he? It appears that the 'out-lire' or 'wildcard' in this battle is Princeton, WV native and high school QB, McPherson. McPherson is a lefty and comes in at 6'2", 220 lbs. McPherson only played QB his Sop and Jr years in HS for he was out with a hand injury his Sr year.

    In the video I watched of McPherson, he hit a deep Corner-Post where he dropped the ball in over the receiver's shoulder. He has touch on his short passes, he can extend plays, he can and will run if there is an opening, Not only did he do these things well, he has the size. With 2014, being his 2nd football Season at WVU, this kid could have a very good shot at the Starting or Back-up QB slot. LIke everyone else, none of us will now which of these 4-QBs will win the Starting and Back-up QB positions. The only thing we can be sure of is that Millard and Childress will not be in the mix.

  • Wvu dew

    You are correct my friend. We need a mobile QB. WVU and 85% percent if D1 programs cannot just fill in lineman every year. Mobility is key for us not to have years like this one. Give Sargent Holga a chance. I give him big props for going after dual threat QB's. It shows me he can evolve and adapt!!!

  • Troll

    Thought this article was about recruiting in which it sounds like staff doing a good job. Anyway if you haven't done so please send in your resume to Mr Luck I'm sure he would be interested in your coaching abilities.

  • Robert

    The lack of a coach was the biggest problem with WV this year. Looks like this problem will be again for the coming year. WV record for 2014 at best 5 wins no bowls.

  • Boomgrounder

    A dual threat QB is good thing. Millard and Trickett both have lead feet. Didn't see enough of Childress to get a feel for his mobility but wasn't impressed with the few games he played. Hopefully Howard and/or Crest will come in and light it up in the spring and Holgorsen can name the starter early on and Trickett can be a backup. Trickett is physically to frail to make it through a season as a starter. He won't make it through 2 series of the Alabama game without getting hurt. But he would be a good back up.

  • Paul

    Great news. Looking like anorher good recruiting class.

  • El Supremo

    at last count over $25,000 donations. Now put your amount on the line.

  • jase

    I can name 3 on defense and 3 on offense and at least 2 incoming

  • farm kid

    hey, sh!t for brains bo the last two years TCU and WVU have had the same win lost record. did Paterson forget how to coach? he has been TCU's HEAD coach for years and a winning record. having said that the common thread with gary and dana is the big 12. bo were did you coach?

  • farm kid

    yea ,there is a class A kid in wva. that is 7 2 over 300 lbs feet are lead. the level of competition is not good. their best players would have a hard time starting in class AAAA in the WPIAL.

  • farm kid

    just answer one question. how many season tickets and donated to the MAC has el supremo purchased? if it is none than go sit on the porch until we give you a speaking part.

  • clair thompson

    Good to hear a qb with talent. I know the three we have worked hard but oh for some talent at that position.

  • Chris

    Yep 4=0. Totally agree.

  • Troll

    Funny how all the schools he was at before learned the system, even Geno learned the system. The schools he left still basically use his system. His head coaching experience has nothing to do with his offensive system other than that's his background and he was highly succefull running offenses in the past.

  • Bo

    I hope one of his innovative new wrinkles is not going for it with 4th and 14!!

  • Troll

    Yes we do have a good o-line coach, we was very successful at Stanford has been here less than one year and had to work with what he had here. Just because we had a bad season doesn't mean these position coaches are bad.

  • DirkaDirka

    Ditto with El Supremo

  • 76 Alumni!

    Let's Gooooooooooooooooooooooo Mountaineers!

  • OhioMountaineer

    What a coincidence. We just received a commitment about an hour ago from a 4-star defensive back. Chose us over PITT, OSU, Penn State, Florida State, and about 20 other schools. Next time you feel like talking, just stop

  • Jeremy

    Again, dumb comments by dumb people. This announcement wasn't from the WVU SID. They won't make the announcement until signing day. Know ur facts before opening ur dumb mouth. If you don't like Holgerson don't root for the program. He's the head coach and u are not!

  • MountieFan1948

    Let's face facts, none of the current (2013) QBs showed that they were consistent leaders that could work WVU's offense. It may be unfair to throw Ford into this mix/mess, as he's been hurt for most of the season. Paul, in my NSHO, just couldn't make the plays needed, and when he adlibbed, we lost more than we gained. Clint didn't show me much either. Yeah, we beat OSU with Clint at the helm, but what did he show the remainder of the season - not a lot. So, what are we left with going into 2014? Unfortunately, the same guys; which, again in my NSHO, only shows Ford with upside.

    From what I've seen in films of William Crest, he reminds me of Geno Smith, which is a very good thing; given our current receivers and our incoming class of receivers as well. But, he hasn't played at the college level yet; so the jury is out. I've haven't seen any films on Howard as of yet, but his record at the JC level is pretty impressive. While JC ball may not be of the same caliber as a BCS team, at least he has college ball playing experience.

    While there are many reasons for WVU's miserable season this year; ie, inconsistency, injuries, lack of experience, and some coaching snafus; the lack of quality QB play was a BIG factor. Hopefully, with the development of Childers and the rest of the team; and the recruitment of some high quality players (skilled positions and others), we just might "right the ship" in time for 2014.

  • El Supremo

    The West Virginia Sports Information Office has always OVER HYPED incoming recruits. There is nothing here to become excited about. Look at the won-lost records of those schools offering scholarships.

    When the recruit has an offer from Alabama, Stanford, Georgia, Florida, LSU, Oregon, Oklahoma or South Carolina, the recruit has exceptional talent. Recruits without such offers are simply better than average high school or JC players.

    If you don't believe that, name one outstanding player recruited by Holgorsen or his posse.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    This could be the key!
    Oh, I forgot we have no offensive line or no offensive line coach. Never mind.

  • littleterry

    No he's only the guy that recruited them. I stand in awe at the pass this coach gets for bad decisions.

  • J the C

    First of all, I've seen enough of Clint "three and out" Trickett. Second following your reasoning, Trickett picked up the system in less time than Howard will have.

  • J the C

    Yeah, like Alabama!

  • shawn

    Like i've said before, Dana doesnt have one fumble or interception since coming to WVU. Granted, he is responsible for what has gone down the past two year because he's the coach but he's not the one on the field making mistakes either.

    This is a young team with alot to look forward to.

  • 4WVUinKY

    What he said...

  • cutty77

    Anybody and I do mean Anybody is better than what we have. Ford can't play either. Make Him a Tight End.

  • Jason

    I have it all figured out....over all about .500 W/L with the help of some weak non conference games.

  • Bo

    Dana would have to have a simple system since he has never been the head coach of any football team from Pop Warner through college.We are stuck with him til who knows when?

  • mauldawg

    Glad to see all you armchair coaches have the season for 2014 all figured out. Why don't you call OL and tell him you can fix this team now. By the way how many of you have played QB at the college level? Doubt besides X-Box and backyard you have never played football. Why not leave the player bashing alone. Unless you want to go to try outs and beat one of them out as starter or backup. Do you really think bashing these kids will make them better football players.

  • Protechcpa

    For the sake of the entire Mountaineer Nation, I pray you are right. I want Clint to have another year with a strong back up in place. With proper protection I still think he is the guy. Dana's so called "simple system" will not sink into any new comers quickly enough for 2014. The running threat has the effect of neutralizing a lot of defensive schemes. I also hope someone in Morgantown has taken note of the 6'2" 250 LB FRESHMAN who started for State Champ Bridgeport at LB this year. His interception in the 4th qtr likely sealed the deal for the Indians (Not an Indian fan, BTW).

  • big tom

    now we have four qb's and really no qb's,,,, we're going backward

  • richard

    shawn, childress i can see leaving, period. but with millard only having a year left and the way the offensive line let's the QB get beat up because they are awful ( i don't seeing them being much better next year), it wouldn't surprise me if millard is back in there because of injuries.

  • shawn

    If you are a mobile QB in the Big 12 you can cause a lot of issues for defenses. I see Dana putting in a new wrinkle with his offense. Clints mobility outside of the pocket has Dana thinking in a new direction. You can say goodbye to Childress and Millard. They wont play another down for WVU.