Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

As a redshirt freshman in 2011, quarterback Clint Trickett attempted to lead a comeback in a 23-13 loss to Oklahoma. He subsequently started two more games, a 35-30 loss at Clemson and a 35-30 loss at Wake Forest.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Florida State junior quarterback Clint Trickett plans to transfer, and West Virginia is one of his relocation options, according to published reports.

The redshirt junior is on pace to graduate in May, making him eligible to play at another Division I school next season. He also reportedly is considering South Florida, which, like WVU, is replacing a longtime starter at quarterback.

Trickett quarterbacked the Morgantown High freshman team when his father Rick was the offensive line coach at WVU. Florida State coach Bobby Bowden hired Rick Trickett in January 2007 and Clint subsequently played his final three years of high school ball at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee.

Though last month he entered FSU spring practice at No. 1 on the depth chart, the Seminoles are believed to be leaning toward redshirt freshman Jameis Winston, who was among the nation’s top-rated quarterbacks in the 2012 signing class.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder Trickett completed 22-of-34 passes for 272 yards last year while backing up EJ Manuel. He made two starts in losses at Clemson and Wake Forest in 2011, a season in which he completed 44-of-72 passes for 675 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions.

West Virginia has junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress vying to replace Geno Smith at quarterback, with true freshman Chavas Rawlins working at No. 3 on the depth chart. It would seem unlikely for Trickett to choose WVU without sensing a legit opportunity to compete for the starting job. After all, why trade a backup role at Florida State for a similar spot at WVU, especially when his father remains one of Jimbo Fisher’s top assistants at FSU?

It warrants recollecting that back in February the West Virginia coaches were pursuing another junior transfer quarterback, Tanner McEvoy, who wound up choosing Wisconsin.

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  • Jay

    Rick Trickett is one of the best in business. Do you put him on the podium for the post game interview? No, but don't you want your o line to have that bit of an edge. Don't forget what this guy did with the o line in 2005, a team that won the Sugar Bowl, with 3 instate Starters: Bailey at TE (glorified tackle), Justice at RT and Garrett at LT. Combined with Moses, Stancheck and Sheffey they completely manhandled a vaunted SEC Defense in Georgia.


    I think this transfer could only help WVU. You can never have to many QB's with experience.

  • Scott

    could Rick be making his path back to Morgantown?

  • jfk

    would be a mistake by both parties

  • Larry Wiseman

    I think BIG DOG is in somebody's DOG HOUSE, and he is taking it out on him! I say WELCOME, don't pay any attention to some little winey PUP WHO PROBABLY DOESN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FOOTBALL TO BEGIN WITH!!

  • cutty77

    Lets get something straight here.The Trickett family is a great Family. Rick tired to come back several years,and Stew didn't want him for reasons people should know,Stew didn't like The Way Rick talked to his players.On his Son Great Kid,just can't play D-1 Football.People remember The Name JR House.Great Kid,but couldn't play D-1 Football.Quit the Team before it went to the Sugar Bowl in Atl. We had another QB that stepped in and did a Decent Job. White was his Last name,and I think his first name was Pat.I think you know the rest of the story. I like the Kids we have now.Before its all over Ford Childress will be the Man.We need to worry about defense, the Offense will take care of itself.

    • Charleston,WV

      Well Stated!

    • chad

      First, Pat White stepped in for an injured Adam Bednarick not JR House. Second, I'd welcome Trickett to the long as he brought his dad with him

      • cutty77

        JR House and Clint Trickett can't play D-1 Football. And Rick Trickett ain't coming either. You keep waiting on that. Christmas will be coming soon though.

        • chad

          No crap chief, thats kinda my point.

  • Keefe

    I think some of you have the idea QBs are bums. Some have not played one down and none have started a game at WVU. But lets go ahead and pass judgement on these young men. What ever happened to fan loyalty? Love the Mountaineers and remember they are young men playing a brutal sport. Maybe if our athletic dept would lower the price of tickets more people may support them. All big 12 teams have cheep seats except WVU. So a lot miss out.

  • Marcus

    Great point Snake! I didn't like it when he took recruits with him either! He would be a nice addition to the qb rotation though. Easy, Allan. Your starting to resemble Kyle Wiggs running smoke screens for the coaches when things go bad!

  • Bull

    By the way....isn't it awful seeing William post anything on this site? That guy has got issues

  • Bull

    Kid can play I think he would be great fit playing Holgy ball

  • Allan Taylor

    Easy, Snake. Be civil or your commenting privileges will be revoked.

  • colombo

    Would welcome Coach Trickett's son...our homeboy with open arms. While you're at it Clint snag your brother from Sanford and yo daddy from FSU...would love to have them here too.

  • Chad

    I saw him play in their sprin game last year and easily outplayed EJ Manuel.

  • Wemakerain

    Sheesh did you guys watch Maryland last year they went through 5 quarterbacks due to injuries? You need 4 quarterbacks on the roster to do the drills if nothing else, so a transfer from a major program with in state ties? Being him on

  • Big Dog

    they dumped us, now they can live with it.

    • Greg

      Rick dumped RichGod, not WVU. Don't forget he applied for the HC job when Rich bolted for Michigan. As did his current boss at FSU. I'm sure both he and Clint would be welcomed back with open arms.

      • Big Dog

        no way,,,has beens as far as the eer nation is concerned