Former Florida State Seminoles quarterback Clint Trickett has decided that he will in fact transfer to the West Virginia Mountaineers this summer for the 2013 football season. The move was first reported by the Orlando Sun Sentinel.
Trickett also confirmed the transfer via twitter:
It’s official, I will finish my academic/athletic career at WVU. This is a dream come true to be playin for the state I love. #CountryRoads
— Clint Trickett (@ClintTrickett9) May 1, 2013
Trickett, the son of a former Mountaineers coach reportedly selected the Mountaineers over the South Florida Bulls and the Auburn Tigers.
According to the Sentinel, Trickett has two years of eligibility left. That makes his decision to join the Mountaineers even more interesting.
In the wake of the departure of E.J. Manuel to the NFl draft, Trickett was involved in a quarterback battle with Jameis Winston. When it became apparent to Trickett that he would not be the starting quarterback, he decided to open up his options for transfer.
It can be assumed that Trickett is thinking that he is a strong competitor for the starting quarterback job at WVU. The predominant reason behind Trickett’s transfer was motivated by a desire for playing time so it can be assumed that Trickett was given the impression that he will likely play for the Mountaineers.
With Trickett coming on board, the Mountaineers now have a three way competition at the quarterback position between Trickett, senior Paul Millard, and freshman Ford Childress.
Coach Dana Holgorsen is certainly excited to have another quarterback as noted in the official announcement on wvusports.com:
“WVU football welcomes Clint Trickett home. He basically grew up in Morgantown, and I know he feels very comfortable here,” Holgorsen said. “He’s an excellent student and grew up around the game of football, which shows in his composure on the field. I am excited that he has decided to finish his career as a Mountaineer.”
With Millard and Childress both failing to take the starting quarterback job to this point, coach Holgorsen has brought in another player to add to the fray. For Millard and Childress, the move by Trickett should be more than enough to light a fire under them to up their level of competition.
The interesting quarterback battle just got a lot more interesting with Trickett thrown into the mix.