Sky(ler's) The Limit

A superb first season at Riverside (Calif.) C.C. has put quarterback Skyler Howard square in the recruiting mix for several schools across the country. On Saturday, he received his biggest offer to date -- when West Virginia came calling.

Skyler Howard has quickly become one of the top prospects in the junior college ranks, and the Riverside signal caller is noticing an increase in interest from colleges.

Howard (6-0, 205 lbs.) was recently extended an offer from West Virginia.

"He's very excited about the offer," said Riverside assistant head coach Darrin Chiaverini. "I know that he's excited and if he ends up going to West Virginia then they're going to get a good one because he's a heck of a football player."

The Mountaineers join New Mexico State and Northern Colorado as schools to have extended an offer. Given the similarities between West Virginia and Riverside, WVU could prove to be a perfect match.

"He'll fit in really well at West Virginia if he decides to go there," said Chiaverinin, who also serves as Riverside's recruiting coordinator. "He'll fit in well with what Coach Holgorsen does there and the offensive philosophy. It fits perfect with for what Skyler is. He's built to be a spread offense kind of guy -- and could likely do the things that Geno Smith was doing while he was there. I think he's a perfect fit."

As February signing day draws closer, Chiaverini expects Howard's offer list to grow.

"The thing about junior college football is you have to have a need," he said. It really comes down to the fact of what they have on the roster and at the quarterback position. Once December rolls around and schools look more at the position and determine if it's really a need, then they're likely to come calling for kids. Now that West Virginia has offered, he's liable to get ten more offers. It always happens that way."

This season, Howard has experienced a significant amount of success. The freshmen has connected on 67.8% of his passes for 2,925 yards with 32 touchdowns against just five interceptions.

He is scheduled to graduate in December, and will have four years to complete his final three seasons of eligibility.


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