Impressing a parent on a recruiting visit is one thing. Impressing a parent that coaches Division-I college football on a recruiting visit is another.
But rising senior quarterback Clint Trickett and his dad – Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett – both came away impressed with their unofficial visit to the University of Arkansas Monday. It was the second unofficial visit to Fayetteville for the quarterback, who passed for 2,400 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior and added more than 400 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.
"I came up during a spring practice with my mom but it was the first time my dad got to see everything," said Clint Trickett, who was offered by the Razorbacks in April. "He's a coach and he's coached at the stadium before but never had the chance to really look around. They'd just stay at the hotel and bus in at game time and don't get to see everything.
"He was very impressed by everything; the facilities, the indoor facility, weight room. He was also impressed with the coaches. Paul Petrino is my main recruiting coach in my area and we stayed with him a lot. I also got to meet with the head coach, Bobby Petrino, a little bit and he gave us a presentation of what he expects from his quarterbacks."
It wasn't the first time the elder Trickett had met the Petrino brothers. Trickett coached at West Virginia when the Petrinos coached at Louisville from 2003 to 2006.
"We played against them and obviously have a great respect for what he did at Louisville," Clint Trickett said. "They got the best of us a couple of times and we got the best of them a couple of times. He's done it wherever he's been and what he's got at Arkansas is nice.
"It means more for a coach to impress my dad than a school," he continued. "Everyone has nice buildings and everything, but a coach is what you really look for. Both coaches Petrino did a good job of impressing my dad. He's asked around to all of his coaching friends and they've all said (Bobby Petrino) is probably the best offensive mind they've been around. That's a huge compliment."
Another compliment to the Razorback program is that it's high on Trickett's list. After receiving 10 scholarship offers from Division-I schools, Trickett said his top five are currently Arkansas, Louisville, South Florida, Central Michigan and Colorado State.
Trickett said he personifies what Arkansas coaches look for in a signal-caller.
"I'm a very accurate passer, I have good timing and I'm knowledgeable of the game since I've been around it my whole life," he said. "I need to put on some more pounds – more than I already have this off-season – but they like everything about me."
During his first unofficial visit to Fayetteville, Trickett had the opportunity to sit in on a quarterback meeting with quarterbacks coach Garrick McGhee and current quarterbacks Ryan Mallett, Tyler Wilson and Jim Youngblood.
"I actually got quizzed a couple of times by Coach McGhee," Trickett said. "The meeting was good and I got to learn a little bit of the offense, got to know Coach McGhee a little bit more and got to know some more about Mallett, Wilson and Youngblood."
Trickett said he doesn't have a timetable on committing, but did note he plans to enroll early during the spring semester.
"I'm going to take my visits during the season," he said. "I have the chance to be an early enrollee; I've got most of my high school credits done already. It'll just depend on where I go and my chance to play semi-early. We're trying to convince mom that's a good situation but she don't want her little boy leaving the house.
"I just think I'll commit whenever I feel most comfortable. It might be two weeks from now; it might be two months from now."
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