MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s 2015 commitment list picked up speed Friday night.

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A cornerback with two nicknames—”Speedy” and “Tony Island”—Antonio Howard of Miami committed to WVU on Friday night.

Miami (Fla.) Norland cornerback Antonio Howard, the son of former Mountaineers receiver Antonio Brown, reportedly posted a 4.32-second 40 time this summer and became more coveted by major programs. He ultimately chose West Virginia over Georgia, Pitt and South Florida, but holds offers from 21 schools, including Penn State, Syracuse, Kentucky and Miami.

Though the three-star prospect gets dinged for being only 5-foot-10, Rivals writer Keenan Cummings—who reported the commitment for—said Howard plays physical beyond his 163 pounds and boasts a vertical jump.

Then there are those jets.

“You need one word to describe Howard—speed,” said Cummings. “He has consistently run under 4.4 at various camps and will be a natural fit at cornerback.”

The commitment of Howard—who owns a couple football-related nicknames, “Speedy” and “Tony Island”—comes with a dose of caution, however: He previously decommitted from Florida International and later Cincinnati. This time, Howard told Cummings his recruitment was a “done deal.”

Howard also told that his father obviously was enthused about keeping the family legacy alive in Morgantown.

“West Virginia was my favorite school since I was little,” he said. “I talked to my parents and let them know that I had decided and my dad was pumped up.”

Howard’s commitment made 17 for WVU’s upcoming class, which currently ranks 22nd nationally. He’s the eighth Floridian, the third cornerback and the seventh projected defensive player.

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  • Big Rick

    This is music to Big Rick's EARS! Figured his dad might have turned him toward the good guys.
    -Big Rick

  • any major dude

    John. : )

    What's the reference to Virginia Tech?

  • John

    Antonio brown was a solid four year player. You know you were a fast runner when you look at your son's 4.3 speed and say man that is slow. I remember senior running a 4.13 and that is not a Virginia Tech tainted time either.

  • thornton

    His Joy is palpable.

    • Mister Man


  • Mountaineer Fanatic

    Welcome!!!! Lets goooo Mountaineers

  • any major dude

    You can live with 5'10" 163 in college ball as long as the other assets are there. You really can't survive without size in the NFL, regardless of the skills 'cause in the NFL, you have guys with 4.32 speed and good vertical jump who are 6' tall + and strong as hell. Can definitely compete in college though, and I think he will. At his age, there may be room for some physical growth, too, and he will be stronger by the time he hits the field at WVU. Seems like a perfect fit.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    After his Dad played here, he played a short stint with the Redskins and had at least one good run back of a kick. I know his size worked against him to stay on though.

  • Big Larry

    It's all good!

  • Hailey

    My gosh the States flagship university is really setting themselves up for a very bright future

    • Steve

      Couldn't have said it better myself!

      Great recruiting clas!

  • Art in Ohio

    Back in the 70's I remember Penn State had several legacy recruits coming into the program. Joe Pa made a living off these recruits and it looks like the Mountaineer program is doing the same. ....Good deal.... If you look at the Pitt and Syracuse recruiting classes you will see how far we have come. Now to turn all of this into wins....2015 is becoming a great class....

  • TruthTeller

    Keep the talent coming!!! Welcome second generation Mountaineer!!!

  • BH

    A legacy recruit. That's always nice for the program. With that kind of speed I would hope he is used for punt returns and slot receiver.