The quarterback competition at West Virginia just got awfully interesting.
Florida State transfer Clint Trickett, the son of former assistant Rick Trickett, announced on twitter this morning that he will transfer to West Virginia.
The school confirmed his transfer in a press release sent out just after 3 p.m.
Trickett is slated to graduate in May, and eligible to play immediately.
Trickett made an official visit to West Virginia to watch the Blue-Gold spring game on April 20 where neither quarterback – junior Paul Millard nor redshirt freshman Ford Childress – exhibited he was the runaway favorite to succeed Geno Smith.
That means preseason will feature a legit three-way competetion for the starting job.
Trickett spent most of his career at FSU backing up two first round picks - Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel who went No. 16 overall last weekend to the Buffalo Bills.
He said on twitter this morning: “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”
In the prepared statement sent out by the school, Trickett said West Virginia is a fit for him.
“I’d like to first thank Florida State for all the things that were done for me,” Trickett said. “I’m excited now to continue my academic and athletic career at West Virginia University. Not only was it home for me, the place I grew up and the state I love, but also it’s the best fit for me athletically. I appreciate the recruitment by WVU and the other programs, which were all class acts, but it was hard for me to say no to the state and team that I grew up loving.“
Coach Dana Holgorsen also welcomed Trickett in the release.
“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.”