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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Comments

  • 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

  • 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.

    AC

  • 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 . . .

  • OKANYDAY

    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 !

  • 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...

  • 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.

    • Troll

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

  • 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.

  • westfair518

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

  • 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!

    • HopeWVU

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