QB Trickett visiting West Virginia, will visit USF
Former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett, transferring for his final two years of college football, is visiting West Virginia this weekend and will also make an official visit soon to USF, his father Rick said Friday afternoon.
Trickett, who was recruited by USF out of high school and by Bulls coach Willie Taggart when he was a Stanford assistant, may only take two visits, but if he takes any additional visits, they would be to Michigan and/or Auburn, said his father, who has been the offensive line coach at FSU since 2006. He took a flight to West Virginia on Friday morning, his father said, and will attend WVU's spring game on Saturday.
The elder Trickett was born in West Virginia and had two coaching stints with the Mountaineers, most recently from 2001-06, but said he has no personal relationship with the current WVU staff. The Tricketts still have family near Morgantown, but Rick said that Clint wouldn't be making "any emotional decisions" about where he'll be going to school.
Auburn has a connection in former FSU QBs coach Dameyune Craig, who is now co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach with the Tigers. Clint's older brother Travis, an FSU graduate assistant in 2010, is now an assistant coach at nearby Samford and visited Auburn's practices with the Samford staff earlier this week.
The family hasn't set a timetable for making a decision, but Rick Trickett said it's important for his son to get to his new campus as soon as possible to ease the transition to a new program. Clint is due to graduate from FSU by the end of the month, allowing him to start summer classes at his new school.
Taggart, speaking at a luncheon at USF St. Petersburg's campus Friday, was asked by a fan during a Q&A session about the possibility of a quarterback transferring in from Florida State. Taggart flashed a big smile and said "I have no idea what you're talking about."