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
Former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett is expected to announce Wednesday that he'll be joining the West Virginia Mountaineers, according to Coley Harvey of the Orlando Sentinel. Trickett's interest in WVU was first reported by SB Nation's FSU site, Tomahawk Nation.
As Harvey notes, Trickett has family in the area. He also reportedly visited Auburn and USF and considered Michigan.
West Virginia has an ongoing quarterback competition after Geno Smith's departure to the NFL. Trickett, who's eligible to play this fall, would immediately be the most game-experienced quarterback in the program, having thrown 72 more career attempts than the rest of the depth chart combined. He took over for E.J. Manuel in 2011 against Oklahoma and started the next week against Clemson, with spot duty throughout the last two years.
As we wrote on Monday while breaking down NFL Draft replacements:
Paul Millard's been Smith's seldom-used backup the past two seasons, and hasn't looked phenomenal: 16-for-34, three touchdowns, three picks. But it's a small sample size, and the 6'1 Texan knows the system. Ford Childress, like Millard a three-star recruit from Texas, has reportedly grown as a player since last year, when he was an early enrollee. They split first-team spring reps 50-50.
As for expectations, should Trickett win the starting job:
Clint Trickett projected stat line at #WVU: 360-550, 2700 yards, 35 TDs, 15 INT, 33 sacks.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) May 1, 2013