With all of West Virginia's troubles at the quarterback position, many fans wondered if coach Dana Holgorsen would stray from his one-quarterback-per-class policy for 2014. Last week, that question was answered when the Mountaineers began to show interest in Riverside (Calif.) City College signal-caller Skyler Howard.
"I got a call from my high school coach and he said that Coach [Shannon] Dawson [WVU's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach] was going to call me in the next day or so," said the 6-foot, 205-pound prospect. "He called me about an hour later and we talked about my situation."
His "situation" is that of a fast-rising quarterback target among college coaches. A former walk-on at Stephen F. Austin, Howard transferred to Riverside and quickly took over the starting job. In the season opener, with his team down 28-10 in the first half, Howard was inserted into the game and his team rattled off 35 straight points, emerging victorious.
From there, Howard never looked back, throwing for 2,926 yards, 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions while completing 68 percent of his passes. He also ran 93 times for 279 yards and four scores.
After his phone conversation with Dawson, things moved quickly, with the WVU assistant flying out to California.
"Next thing I know he's flying out to see me this [past] weekend," said Howard, who not only won MVP of his team's bowl game that day, but was later informed of the offer from the Mountaineers.
As a former Texas high school standout, Howard knows all about Holgorsen and his offense, but until the offer was extended, he knew not to get too excited about any talk.
"It was a little bit of a surprise," he said. "I'm always skeptical until it happens, though. I've learned through the recruiting process that at one point everyone seems a little interested. I'm usually not excited until the words come out of their mouth, so I was a little excited.
"Well," Howard said with a laugh, "I was really excited, to be honest."