June 25, 2009

Trickett has CSU in his top five

As the top high school quarterbacks in the nation begin to make their college commitments early in the summer, one seems to be bucking the trend. Tallahassee quarterback Clint Trickett has a list of eight scholarship offers on his plate, but is interested in taking his time before naming his college choice.

Last season the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Trickett led his North Florida Christian football team to a state title and in the process was named All-State, All-Conference and the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Player of the Year. Trickett completed 167-of-245 passes for 2,431 yards and 25 touchdowns, good for a 68 percent completion percentage.

"We won state, so that is pretty much all you can ask for. Maybe this year we can try to go undefeated," Trickett said.

The production has led to scholarship offers from Colorado State, South Florida, Arkansas, Louisville, Western Kentucky, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Florida International and Tulsa. Trickett, whose father is the offensive line coach at Florida State, said it is that connection and his ability to stack up completions that have college coaches calling his number.

"I would say the biggest draw is the accuracy and I am a coaches kid, who knows a lot about football and been around it my entire life," Trickett said.

The Sunshine State Signalcaller said he is looking for a college where he can play in more of a pro-style offense, saying he isn't much of a "zone read option guy." He is also looking for a college where he can start for at least three seasons and has a connection with his position coach.

"I have visited Tulsa, Arkansas, Louisville and Western Kentucky," Trickett said. "I plan to head out to Arkansas again on Sunday and stay there for two days. My dad wants to fly with me and meet coach Petrino and I also I want to get out there and watch some film."

Arkansas is one of the schools in Trickett's top five, along with South Florida, Louisville, Central Michigan and Colorado State. Trickett said he is planning on taking all five visits and, as of right now, the Rams would be in line to get a visit from Trickett.

"(CSU tight ends coach Marc) Coach Lubick is my recruiting coach," Trickett said. "He has been to a couple spring practices. I know Colorado State is traditionally a powerhouse in their conference and their head coach has coached in the NFL and that is everyone's goal to get there. Plus, I hear Colorado is beautiful."

Trickett mentioned he also likes Louisville and its tradition for sending quarterbacks into the NFL, in addition to being a BCS school. South Florida gets a bump for being a BCS school, while Central Michigan scores points for their ability to use its quarterback as well as a long relationship with the Tallahassee quarterback. He is also talking with Wake Forest, but added that for the time being, he is more interested in colleges who are willing to offer a scholarship.

"Right now I am dealing with whoever is offering me and if other schools want to jump in the boat, that's great," he said.

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