Growing Relationship

Florida prep quarterback Clint Trickett (6-2, 180) updates his recruiting process and how his relationship with the Arkansas coaching staff is growing.

After getting a chance to see the University of Arkansas in March and getting an offer, Florida prep quarterback Clint Trickett wanted to continue learning about the Razorbacks.

He's done just that with weekly calls from either UA head coach Bobby Petrino or his offensive coordinator and brother Paul Petrino.

"When I was up there, basically Coach (Bobby) Petrino just basically talked about the school and all that it could offer me," Trickett said. "Since I've got back we used the phone calls to talk about his philosophy, his packages and schemes. It's been very informative.

"The fact that he has sent quarterbacks on the NFL because he is a great coach is a huge plus for Arkansas when it comes to me," Trickett added.

Trickett (6-2, 180), the son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, passed for 2,400 yards and 25 touchdowns last season as a junior for Tallahassee North Florida Christian.

That's the same school that produced current Razorback wideout Carlton Salters.

"I got a chance when I was at Arkansas to hang with Carlton Salters, who is from my school and a good friend," Trickett said. "He says great things about the coaches and the school and the fans.

"The whole visit was just really cool," Trickett said. "They have great facilities, including the indoor workout area, the stadium and that weight room – that's just incredible. I'd never seen anything like that. Overall, Arkansas just has a lot going for it and that's why I am so interested."

He took visits to Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and Louisville to see their spring practice workouts.

"All of the schools except Ole Miss and Vanderbilt have offered me," Trickett said. "Central Michigan and Western Michigan have also offered me."

Two of those schools have an advantage according to Trickett, who is also getting interest from South Carolina, Auburn and Tennessee.

"I would say they are all pretty even, but Arkansas and Louisville would be my top two because they are both BCS schools where I think you would have a chance to win a national championship and that's important to me," Trickett said.

Trickett could possibly get to one of those campuses early.

"I'm not sure when I might make a decision, but I have a chance to be an early signee and graduate in December," Trickett said. "I'm not sure what I am going to do, but if I did go somewhere early it would be because there would be a chance to play early."

North Florida Christian is coming off a state championship and has been going through spring practice the last couple weeks.

"That was pretty cool and we have 18 starters coming back so we are looking to win another one," Trickett said. "We have been working hard this spring and have our spring game on Friday night to wrap up things."

Trickett, who also led his team to the state title game as a sophomore, has worked hard in the off-season.

"I wanted to work on my arm strength and get bigger and stronger," Trickett said. "I've actually gotten a little taller and put on 20 pounds. I have also been working on my accuracy, my footwork and just getting better at everything."

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