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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  • 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

  • Martinsburg Resident

    I hope both father & son come home to WVU!

  • Carson

    While I wouldn't have any problems with him transferring to WVU, the move would implicate Holgorsen does not believe in Millard or Childress enough right now or see either being the week 1 starter.. Since I only see Childress as the long-term starting option, Trickett joining the Mountaineers only shows Childress was a wrong decision in recruiting.. He was brought here to replace Geno, now is his time to do that..

    • Michael

      It might implicate him, but I bet it indicates even more.

    • Habib Haddad

      Not necessarily. DH wants a QB in each graduating class and with injuries and flame outs, I think this young man fills the bill, be he a pine brother or not. Come on home.

  • Greg

    I think you mean come on HOME. Bring your dad with you too!

  • Guest

    It amazes me some of you people have the brains to figure out how to submit a comment on this story after reading your ignorant comments.

    We'd love to have you Clint, come on down!!

    • cutty77

      Its very obvious you nothing about Football either.

      • MrJ

        .....or geography.

        • Stan

          Haha, very true.

  • Guardian

    Jeez, this is a tough crowd. Frankly, some spot starts for FSU outweighs the mop up experience of Millard and the zero experience of Childress.

    I say welcome home, Mr. Trickett. Nothing will be given to you, but if you compete and show more than those QBs we have, then this could be nice landing spot for you.

  • Big John

    We would like you to give us a try.

  • cutty77

    This is a Joke. He can't QB Glenville State Football Team,let alone WVU. He was and always will be a Pine Brother. For all you so called Football Fans,that means he's a bench warmer,or he could be Clip-Board carrier too. LOL

  • Big Dog

    stay down there ,we don't want you.

    • Harley

      You can't be serious. He has more legit experience, with solid results, than the entire 3 deep.

      • rj

        Agree Harley! I have seen him play, he is a good one, we could use him!!!

    • Stan

      I agree.

    • Allan Taylor

      Sheez, Big Dog — way to roll out the welcome mat.

      • Debra

        Lol Allan Taylor