After asking for and receiving a release from his scholarship following Florida State's Spring practice, Clint Trickett will transfer to West Virginia where he will compete to replace Geno Smith at quarterback next year.
Trickett is set to graduate this weekend and under NCAA rules is not required to sit out a season before resuming his career. As such he has two years of eligibility remaining and could potentially start for two seasons for the Mountaineers.
Trickett's ties to West Virginia are many. He was born in the state, his father coached at the school and he has a very good shot to be the team's starting quarterback heading into the Fall.
At Florida State Trickett's issue was less about 2013 and more about beyond. With Jameis Winston impressing in practice and during the Spring game, Trickett may have held him off at the start of the 2013 season but keeping Winston seated for two years while Trickett played out his junior and senior seasons would have been extremely difficult.
Trickett is not the kind of QB who is going to turn pro early and as the fans made it more and more known who they preferred, you can't blame a young man for reading the writing on the wall and making a decision that would put him in a better situation.
West Virginia seems like a good fit for the 6-3 185-pound QB. If he can beat out junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress he could have a chance to pilot a Big 12 offense for the next two seasons.
In 17 games at FSU Trickett completed 62.3% of his passes for 947 yards 7 TD's and 4 picks.
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