MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Culminating a month of rapid recruitment that he labeled “so surreal,” junior college quarterback Skyler Howard signed his letter of intent with West Virginia on Wednesday.

Howard was among four junior college players who signed with WVU as midyear enrollees, joining linebacker Edward Muldrow, offensive lineman Sylvester Townes and cornerback Keishawn Richardson.

“I’m ecstatic. I’m ready,” said Howard, who threw for 3,151 yards and 33 touchdowns in leading Riverside (Calif.) City College to a 10-2 record this fall. He ranked as’s fourth-ranked dual-threat quarterback nationally after running for 343 yards and five touchdowns.

Listed at either 6-foot tall or 5-11 by various sources, Howard doesn’t posses prototypical height, but his production in the spread attack led WVU offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson to extend Howard his first FBS offer last month. San Diego State and New Mexico State followed with offers, while Utah and Cal began showing interest also.

“(WVU’s offer) got the recruiting process on fire,” Howard said. “My phone started blowing up from all these different coaches. Just because West Virginia had offered me, they wanted to see what I had.”

Though Howard was an all-district player at Fort Worth-Brewer in 2012 and on pace to graduate early, he received scant attention coming out of high school. The lone phone calls came from Austin College, a Division III in Sherman, Texas.

“That was pretty much all I had,” Howard said. “Not to bash Austin College or the D-III level, but I knew I could play above that level.”

After spending a spring semester as a walk-on at Stephen F. Austin, where he was moved to running back, Howard began researching junior college programs in hopes of playing quarterback. Several personal connections led him to Riverside, where he won the starting job, put up big numbers and suddenly became a Division I prospect.

The last month has just been surreal,” he said. “I can’t step into a better situation, with me being from Texas and playing in the Big 12. I grew up watching the Big 12, so to be playing in it is a dream come true to me.”

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  • tw eagle

    Sounds like WVU has found a player with the drive, desire , and motivation to succeed as a prior dual threat QB at WVU . . . bigger , but probably not as fast or quick , I feel he'll do just fine in Old Gold & Blue . . .

    Let's Gooo Mountaineeerrrsss ! ! !

  • kim

    hop'sHip....HOW RUDE CAN YOU BE? pretty rude i would say. i bet you're just a perfect specimen of body!!! as a woman, you are the type who make me sick. i wouldn't give you a second or 3rd look!!! lol, not even a first look. pig.

    • Hop'sHip

      Kim, Besides being rude, I admit to being fat, and old to boot. So I don't expect that second or third look, but couldn't you at least give me that first look, even if it is a look of disgust? Actually I'm a big fan of GH. I may be one of the longest ongoing subscribers to the B&G News. My comment was an attempt at humor that apparently failed. So add unfunny to my profile, too. Mea culpa.

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  • chad

    Hope your good dude, we need ya

  • Deacon

    He's not just a game changer.......He's a season/program changer, if he is true to the tape. Couldn't have arrived at a better time for the program. I guess you could say he's the missing link. If he was here a year ago, this past season could have suprised all of us! Let's Gooo Mountaineers!!! August can't get here quick enough!

  • Stan

    I believe his name was misspelled on this article. I think it's Skyler with an e not a. You may want to check on that for future articles.

  • GoEers

    Nice job of the coaching staff of continuing to address the most important position in WVU's offense

  • Carmen

    Wow! We beat out New Mexico State!

    • Yogi Wahoo

      New Mexico State is in a bowl

    • Barrett

      I agree.........he will NEVER take a snap at WV. Mark it down.

    • Charles

      Read the article. Once we offered. Others came snooping around. He visited va tech. This article just mentions a few. His recruitment was heating up.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Ole Sasquatch has seen the movement of many animals & humans over time. Some I can tell by just watching, have super coordination for certain activities: Tony Dorsett - football, Larry Byrd - basketball etc. Maybe, that I'm being thrown off by the speed of the film, if it is not in real time. If not, this is one of those super coordinated individuals. If you have not watched his tape - it is a must see. You only have to watch the tape. Again a lot of similarities to Doug Flutie. This will be our starting QB next year. Trust your animal instincts.

    • Jason

      Funny. Totally fiction. But funny.

  • Hop'sHip

    I would say that the skylar is the limit with this recruit.

    • Hop'sHip

      Correction: I would say that the skyler is the limit with this recruit.

  • 1oleWVUFan

    I'm am truly glad that WVU was able to get both William Crest and Skyler Howard!

    As far as the Starting QB for WVU in 2014 goes, I look for it to be between Trickett and Howard. Crest not being able to start at WVU until he summer, he will most likely be redshirted.

    Millard and Childress are done as far playing QB. McPherson is the one QB that is truly the unknown and the one who could be the outlier in all of this. Millard played 2-years behind Geno and Childress had a year behind Geno, and after their own field performance in 2013, it was evident they did little to learn Holgorsen's offense during their time. Trickett didn't arrive at WVU until Aug of 2013.

    Currently, I'd suspect that Trickett will win the Starting QB position and his back-up will be Howard in 2014. We'll have to wait until the Alabama Game to find out who is the Starter.

    I wish Trickett, Howard and McPherson the BEST and Good Luck in 2014.

    Go EERs!

    • Drew

      Who is McPherson?

      • Hesa Duffus

        He's 1oleWVUFan's grandson.

        He has already posted 3 other 6 paragraph articles praising the kid then claims he has no rooting interest promoting a kid that didn't even play for over a year because of injury.

        He was a decent high school qb but to expect him to actually play in a game is quite a stretch

        • Actually

          Actually he was below .500 as a starting QB. Decent arm but decision making was poor. Of course the kid didn't have any coaching so he may be able to step up his game on the practice squad. Saw him play 7 on 7 once. Would be a solid intramural player.

  • Chef Camille

    Is Neil Huntington recruiting for WVU? We call it dumpster diving. It is definitely 50/50 hit or miss.
    I hope he reminds us of Russel Wilson by October.

  • TX Hunter

    I recall a fella from Wisconsin whom took a somewhat similar path to WVU and it would be hard for any mountaineer to forget his post game interview following the Fiesta Bowl. I like folks who pursue their dreams with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Underestimate them at your own peril...

    • Hop'sHip

      Are you talking about Greg Hunter, TX Hunter? No, that can't be. The only chip Greg would have on his shoulder would be a potato chip.

      • BH

        How rude. "Coach" Hunter is definitely one of the nicest, most professional people associated with the WVU program

        • Jeremy

          True, but he doesn't work for WVU

    • Joe

      Fantastic post Hunter. I agree, I would say none of us will forget the impact of The Runaway Beer Truck.

      I reared up like a baby with my wife after Owen's post game interview!!

      • Joe

        Whoops ..... Teared up, not reared up. That comment couldn't have been good for any body!!

        Sorry, do not have a license to drive this smartphone!! :)

  • Brian

    Trust me, after following college football and WVU for over 40 years I FULLY realize JUCO kids can be - at best - a 50/50 proposition; however, there is just something about this kid I like as a football player.

    Call it the drive to succeed (the route he took obviously embodied alot of fortitude!): call it sense of self confidence without gloat, call it a feeling of "blue-collar" work ethic.

    I just have a feeling we'll be seeing a good deal of this kid next fall - though I STILL hope Childress can develop into the QB we're all hoping for. I like the Crest kid on the surface, but he is also a total unknown at this point.

    At least Howard seems to have guts, an arm, the ability to comprehend offensive schemes rather quickly, and decent feet.

    I'll take that any day!!!

    • tw eagle

      if the Ford ain't packed his bags yet , i'll bet they're on the first bus out of camp after spring ball . . . the Ford looks great in uniform on the sidelines - trouble is , a QB has to move & think and the Ford's thought process is slower than his feet . . . DUH . . .

      • Barrett

        was you at the spring game last year.......he looked the best.

        • tw eagle

          nah , I missed the spring game . . . I did catch the Ga St game and the abysmal Maryland game . . . if Fords game was so stellar in the spring , why wasn't he named the starter to open the season . . . me thinks you know absolutely nothing about football , other than the "opera" fans reading of the roster and deciding the tallest guy must be the best . . .

  • Ducks In A Row

    RCC has only had five 10 plus wins in it's 92 year history. One of which was with this kid, Skylar Howard, leading the offense last season as a freshman. I'd say he is a pretty good pick up. Welcome Skylar.