In a move that will surprise almost no one, Trickett confirmed that he will continue his collegiate playing career at West Virginia. WVU and USF were long considered the front-runners for his services.
Trickett’s father, FSU assistant Rick Trickett, is from Masontown, WV, and was an assistant coach at WVU from 1975-79 and then again from 2001-06. The younger Trickett spent considerable time in God’s Country growing up, and still has relatives in the state.
“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,” Trickett wrote in a tweet posted to his Twitter account, which carries a bio that reads “A duck hunter who happens to play football.”
As Trickett will graduate this month from Florida State, he will be eligible to play for the Mountaineers in 2013. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Trickett’s decision to transfer came shortly after Jameis Winston appeared to take control of the battle for the starting quarterback job. Head coach Jimbo Fisher, however, refused to anoint Winston and will allow the competition to continue playing out for at least the start of summer camp.
In Morgantown, Trickett will enter the post-Geno Smith fray competing with Paul Millard and Ford Childress for the starting job. Millard, the only player other than Smith to attempt a pass in 2012, is considered the front-runner headed into the summer conditioning program.