Clint Trickett will transfer to West Virginia
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett will transfer to West Virginia.
Trickett announced the decision on Twitter earlier today:
“It’s official, I will finish my academic/athletic career at WVU. This is a dream come true to be playin for the state I love. #CountryRoads”
Trickett, who announced that he would transfer two weeks ago, also visited South Florida and Auburn, and all three reportedly extended scholarship offers.
His father, FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, is native Masontown, W.V., and was an assistant coach at WVU from 1975-79 and then again from 2001-06. The younger Trickett spent much of his childhood in Morgantown, and still has family in the state.
He plans to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a coach, and the opportunity to work with the team as a graduate assistant or similar role after his playing career is over was every bit as important as the chance for playing time, according to sources.
Trickett (6-3, 185) appeared in 10 games as a Seminole, starting two when E.J. Manuel was sidelined with an injury. Last season, he he completed 22-of-34 for 272 yards in a relief role.
A redshirt junior, Trickett will graduate from Florida State before enrolling at WVU, making him eligible to play immediately with two years of eligibility remaining.
Trickett’s decision to transfer came less than a week after FSU’s spring game, in which redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston appeared to take control of the starting job.
Though Jimbo Fisher has yet to name a starter, Winston was the only quarterback to take all of his snaps with the first team offense. The battle to replace Manuel will now focused on Winston and sophomore Jacob Coker.
At West Virginia, Trickett will battle junior Paul Millard (6-2, 219) and redshirt freshman Ford Childress (6-5, 234), both native Texans, for the starting job. True freshman Chavas Rawlins is also in the mix, but is considered to be behind the others.
Millard and Childress were both solid this spring, but Dana Holgorsen did not name a No. 1 QB following the spring game.