Clint Trickett was the best quarterback option—and at times, the only quarterback option—for West Virginia in 2013. Despite lacking arm strength, he did an admirable job of leading the Mountaineers offense.
However, that doesn't mean the job is his next season. Expect there to be an open competition with Trickett, Paul Millard, Ford Childress and newcomer Skyler Howard in the spring. Incoming freshman William Crest may eventually join the mix as well.
Howard is listed as a 3-star dual-threat quarterback. At what is likely a generous listing of 6' and 205 pounds, he is undersized but led Riverside City College (CA.) to a 10-2 record in 2013. He threw for 3,151 yards and 33 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
He has some loose connections to the West Virginia staff. He's a Fort Worth, Texas native and originally walked on at Stephen F. Austin, where Mountaineers offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson used to coach.
Getting onto campus early should help Howard. Since no quarterback has a firm grasp on the starting job, he will be in the mix for playing time.