QB transfer talk: Is Trickett the ticket?
Florida State announced Wednesday that junior quarterback Clint Trickett is graduating and transferring this summer, and USF -- still seeking a starting QB for Willie Taggart's first season this fall -- is among the schools reportedly high on his list for his final two years of college.
Trickett, who as a graduate transfer will be eligible to play at his new school this fall, has USF and West Virginia among his top choices, according to Warchant.com. Josh Newberg, who covers both FSU and USF for 247sports.com, reported his top three as USF, West Virginia and Kentucky (where former FSU assistant Mark Stoops is now head coach).
Trickett, the son of veteran FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, considered USF coming out of North Florida Christian in Tallahassee. We wrote about him in the summer of 2009 when he was offered by USF, which had signed a friend and former NFC teammate in linebacker Chase Griffiths. Another relevant tie is that Trickett was recruited by Stanford when Taggart was an assistant on the Cardinal staff.
USF has had senior Bobby Eveld and sophomore Matt Floyd competing this spring, but neither was dominating in last week's spring game -- Floyd threw for two touchdown passes, but that was offset by four fumbled snaps, three of which were recovered by the defense. If Trickett were looking a situation where he could step in as a starter, USF would offer a wide-open QB competition, though West Virginia is in a similar position with Geno Smith graduating. Trickett's father was born in West Virginia and coached for the Mountaineers from 2001-06 before he came to FSU in 2007.
Working behind Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel on the depth chart in three years in Tallahassee, Trickett has limited college experience -- he started two games in 2011, and has a career total of 947 passing yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions at FSU. Eveld, by comparison, has 837 in three years, with three touchdowns and seven interceptions; Floyd has 466 yards, zero touchdowns and five interceptions.
Trickett hasn't commented publicly on what schools he's considering, but we'll update his recruiting as it progresses this spring.