Ah, spring. That magical time of year when college football teams get their first looks at the coming season’s roster. A time for position battles, and sometimes, a good opportunity to snap up late transfers.
That is exactly what Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia Mountaineers are looking to do this coming weekend when they will allegedly be hosting (per Mitch Vingle) Florida State Seminoles quarterback transfer Clint Trickett (son of former WVU coach Rick Trickett).
Trickett, who was mired in a quarterback competition in Tallahassee to replace the departed E.J. Manuel, has apparently lost favor to freshman passer Jameis Winston. With his prospects of winning the quarterback position for FSU, Trickett exercised his right to seek a transfer.
Since Trickett recently completed his undergraduate degree, he can transfer to another university to pursue his graduate degree without sitting out the typical one year for other transfers.
According to Vingle’s report, Trickett will make a decision between South Florida and West Virginia.
Should Trickett elect to enroll at West Virginia, it will almost certainly be a signal that the Mountaineers coaching staff has given him a strong indication that he would be a highly competitive option for the starting quarterback position.
Let’s face it, if Trickett does enroll at WVU, that is an implied sign that Holgorsen has no faith in either Paul Millard or Ford Childress. Trickett is seeking an opportunity for immediate playing time and will likely go to the school that will all but guarantee him the starting job.
Personally, I’m hoping that the Mountaineers pass on Trickett. He could be an interesting prospect for this coming season, but ultimately undermines the quarterback progression the Mountaineers are working towards. Bringing him in would almost certainly push one of the current WVU quarterbacks to seek a transfer of their own.
At the very least, it lights an additional fire under the rears of Millard and Childress.