Committed to signing one quarterback in each recruiting class, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino has apparently set his sights on doing so in the Sunshine State.
A pair of Florida quarterbacks – North Florida Christian's Clint Trickett (6-2, 175) and Duncan U. Fletcher's Jake Medlock (6-3, 215) – have each received verbal offers from Razorback coaches. It will be their performance in their respective senior seasons that determines which gets the coveted written offer from Arkansas.
"Coach Petrino told me it's between me and Clint Trickett, and he said whoever does the best during the season is going to get the full offer in the mail," Medlock said. "They've given out six verbal offers but just have two right now in me and Trickett."
Trickett was offered a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks in March and has been on a pair of unofficial visits to Fayetteville; first with his mother in April and second with his father – Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett – in June.
"(Arkansas offensive coordinator) Coach Paul Petrino and I talk once a week and we e-mail back and forth throughout the week, so we keep in touch more than any of the other coaches I talk to," said Trickett, who passed for 2,163 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior. "I've just told him I'm not comfortable enough to make a decision. This is probably the second-biggest decision I'll make other than marriage. I've got to take my time with it and I'm just not comfortable yet, and he understands that.
"After the Arkansas visit it was tough because I was thinking Arkansas, but I didn't get to the point where I was comfortable enough to commit. When I commit I want to know for sure that's where I'm going."
After passing for 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior, Medlock has only recently jumped on the Razorbacks' radar, earning a scholarship after going through the Arkansas one-day camp on July 18. Arkansas and Florida International remain the only schools to offer the big right-hander, but others including LSU, Mississippi State, Florida State and West Virginia have expressed interest.
"FIU said the first day I walk on campus I'll be fighting for that starting job," Medlock said. "I have great relationships with their coaches and they are great guys. I think it will come down for me to FIU and Arkansas.
"Playing right away isn't the most important thing to me. Coach Petrino said I would probably redshirt my freshman year there but by my redshirt sophomore year I'll be fighting for the starting job and that's what he wants me to do. The biggest difference is the distances from home. I don't mind going that far. When it comes down to the time for me to make my decision I will sit down and talk with my parents about it."
Both Medlock and Trickett have developed a friendship over the years as their paths have crossed at camps as two of the top quarterbacks in Florida.
"I've known Clint for about four years now," Medlock said. "We both go to the Florida State camp and we always chill and talk about football. We have a good friendship.
"We really haven't talked about Arkansas. The last time I saw him was at the Florida State camp and I think it's the same way there where it might come down to the two of us to get that offer. There are a lot of schools that are looking at both of us. He's a great athlete and a great player, too, so it's going to be hard (to choose)."
Previously Trickett has said Florida State wasn't an option and didn't list the Seminoles in his top five. Asked about his recruitment by Florida State he replied, "No comment."
He did, however, talk about the state's other top in-state program – the defending national champion Florida Gators.
"Florida was talking to me and going into Friday Night Lights camp I understood the coaches to say whoever had the best camp was going to get the (quarterback) offer," Trickett said. "Coaches told me after camp I was the best quarterback there by far and there is still no offer. It is what it is and I basically just told them let's just part ways right there. I wasn't going to play the game anymore so Florida is out of it."
Trickett said his current top five would be Arkansas, Louisville, South Florida, Western Kentucky and Pittsburgh, who offered last week.
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