Antonio Howard had heard all about West Virginia. So much so he decided to pledge his services without ever visiting the University. His father, Antonio Brown, played wide receiver for the Mountaineers from 1998-2001 and kept the youngster informed.
This past weekend he finally made the trek north for the Mountaineers' showdown against highly-ranked TCU.
“It was pretty awesome, really,” Howard laughed. “I was very impressed with the fans and everything about the visit. I can’t wait to get there and scrap up with them.”
Howard, 5-foot-11, 178-pound, three-star cornerback, had envisioned what the experience at West Virginia would be like and came away ecstatic that it met, and surpassed, his expectations.
“I kind of thought I knew what it would be like but when it was there it was like wow this is happening,” Howard said. “I mean, you have a crowd going wild during the game, College GameDay in the morning and everything just going wild.”
Despite the WVU loss to the Horned Frogs, Howard walked away feeling confident the program is headed in the right direction.
“It was a blessing and an honor to even be there,” Howard explained. “It was a crazy game. But, you know, it was a tough loss. It was way too many turnovers.”
Howard will now turn his attention to his future with the hopes of graduating early and arriving at West Virginia in January. It’s possible he could still continue his official visits before, though, with the blessing of the Mountaineer coaches.
“My next visit will be to Syracuse but I don’t know when yet,” Howard said. “It’ll be one of their next few home games. They [WVU] told me to take all my visits if I wanted. They said it’s important to see the difference in what other schools will tell me and compare.”