It's not just the lure of playing in an air-raid offense that has Howard ecstatic about the Mountaineers' offer. As a native Texan, the opportunity to play in the Big 12 could be too much to pass up.
"I've always wanted to play in the Big 12," said Howard. "I'm excited about it. Being a Texas kid and growing up with all that, this is a big opportunity ... if I decide it's the place for me."
That's the next step in this process. As an early enrollee set to graduate next month and enroll at his college choice in January, Howard is pressed for time. Because of that, plans have quickly been made to get him to Morgantown.
"I'm going up the Dec. 6 weekend," he said. "Football is going to be there. I know all that. I just want to look at the campus and see if this is the place I want to spend the next three or four years of my life. I want to see if it's where I want to grow up to be a man."
For Howard, a commitment during his visit is not out of the question, but with everything happening so quickly he's not ready to say anything definite.
"It all depends," he said. "I'm kind of playing it by ear because it's all happening so fast. I don't really know what I'm going to do or when."
Howard has four years to play three seasons once he arrives onto a campus in the spring.
Chris Anderson covers West Virginia and recruiting for Eersports.com via 247sports.com.