By Bob Hertzel
Times West Virginian
Quarterback Skyler Howard of Riverside (Calif.) heads a class of four junior college players who will enroll in West Virginia University in January and receive grants-in-aid for the fall semester.
Howard is expected to compete with Clint Trickett, Paul Millard and Ford Childress, along with incoming freshman William Crest from Baltimore Dunbar High.
Howard joins Edward Muldrow II, a 6-3, 215-pound linebacker out of Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss., Sylvester Townes, a 6-6, 285-pounds offensive tackle out of Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Miss., and a last-minute commit in 5-10, 170-pound cornerback Keishawn Richardson out of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College.
Richardson had been heading for Wisconsin until WVU flipped him on Wednesday.
Howard won the starting QB job at Riverside as a freshman and led Riverside to a 10-2 record and a place in the California state championship game, completing 219-of-325 passes (67.4 percent) for 3,151 yards and 33 touchdowns.
Playing at Brewer High in Texas, he completed 126-of-238 passes for 1,377 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior and also ran for 597 yards on 120 carries, averaging 5.0 yards per rush, and scored eight touchdowns.
During his three-year career, he threw for 4,171 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 1,268 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Muldrow originally signed at South Carolina and redshirted as a true freshman. At Copiah-Lincoln Community College he registered 56 tackles as a sophomore, including 38 unassisted, 4.5 sacks, 7.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble.
At South Gwinnett High in Snellville, Ga., he helped South Gwinnett to a 10-3 record and a 7-1 mark in the league as a senior, and the team advanced to the second round of the state championships.
Townes played two seasons at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Miss., and was named to the All-Region 23 first-team offense and the All-State North Division first-team offense in 2013.
Playing at Germantown High in Memphis, he played in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game.
Richardson played two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. This past season he made 39 tackles and had nine pass breakups and two interceptions while averaging 23.2 yards a kick return.
A year earlier he recorded 85 tackles with one sack, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions and six pass breakups.
He played quarterback and safety at Putnam City High and also was offered by Arizona State, Indiana, Iowa State, Nebraska, TCU, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.