Clint Trickett is widely considered the number one quarterback prospect in the state of Florida for…
Trickett's Got Something to Prove
Clint Trickett, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound three-star quarterback from North Florida Christian High School in Tallahassee, Fla., will be starting his senior season tomorrow, Aug. 28 against Jupiter Christian High School. Trickett, ranked as the No. 32 quarterback in the country by Scout.com, is the son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett. "My dad definitely talks to me a lot about recruiting," the junior Trickett said. "He tells me what to look for and helps me out with everything. I really try to listen to him. It would be stupid if I didn't because he's been in the business for so long." So how involved with his dad be in Clint's final decision? "He knows it's my decision," he said. "That's not a problem." With 13 scholarship offers, Trickett says he's still "very open," but favors Arkansas, South Florida, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Western Kentucky. All of his favorites have offered as well as Central Michigan, Tulsa and a few others. "I want to go where I can be a three-year starter," he said. "I'd like to play in a pro-style offense and learn from the best because someday I'd like to be a coach too." Trickett doesn't have any official visits set yet, but has already been to Arkansas, South Florida, Louisville and Western Kentucky. "I really like coach Petrino," Trickett said. "Both (head coach) Bobby Petrino and (offensive coordinator) Paul Petrino are great. Paul is recruiting me and we really get along well. I love the offense they run and how well they did at Louisville. I think they'll be really successful at Arkansas too. "My dad says that coach Paul Petrino has a great offensive mind, so that's a plus for them," he said. Trickett also has coach Petrino's former program, Louisville, on his list. "I like coach Steve Kragthorpe too," he said. "There's also a good chance for me to play early there. They have a junior quarterback and aren't very deep at the position. They will need another quarterback." He says he's also good friends with Cardinals sophomore running back Victor Anderson. "He's a good guy," Trickett said. "We're pretty good friends, so it would be cool to play together." Trickett also has a friend (and former teammate) at South Florida. "My teammate, Chase Griffiths (freshman linebacker). goes to USF," he said. "I think it's a great program. I feel very comfortable with the coaches and get along great with all the players. The facilities there are also great." One school that Trickett admits he plans on visiting officially is Stanford. "They're my newest offer," he said. "They offered maybe a few weeks ago. "Stanford has Ivy League academics and coach Jim Harbaugh is putting together a great class," Trickett said. "He's recruiting some big names and even got some guys from the south, so that definitely caught my eye." Another program that he's never visited is Pittsburgh, but admits he has some history with the Panthers. "We used to live in Morgantown, W.V., and that's only about an hour from Pittsburgh," he said. "We hated Pitt, but things change. I am a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan." Although he admits to once hating the Panthers, he says the coaches have recently made a great impression on him. "Coach Dave Wannstedt has some great NFL experience and knows what it takes," he said. "The whole coaching staff at Pittsburgh is great." Trickett attended camps at Louisville, South Florida, Auburn, Georgia and Florida. He says he never followed a specific school growing up. "I basically rooted for whoever my dad was coaching," he said. "Whoever was putting food on the table." Trickett doesn't have a timeframe for making a decision. "Whenever I feel the most comfortable, I'll decide," he said. "It could be after the first visit, it could be after all of them. I'm not sure." He finished his junior season with a 68-percent completion percentage, 2,800 yards passing, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 400 yards and five touchdowns. "I'd say I'm a good leader," he said. "I'm also very accurate. I'm a pro-style quarterback, but can take off and run when I need to. I'm not Pat White or anything, but I'm decently athletic." He says he can bench 275-pounds, squat 355 and has a 32-inch vertical jump. "A lot of people have said my arm isn't strong enough, so I'm set to prove them wrong," he said. "I'm working on improving my arm strength and you can really never stop learning and getting better." Trickett plans to major in business and reports a 3.8 core GPA and a 1150 two-part SAT.
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