"It was tough, but it was easy," Trickett said after making his choice of West Virginia known on Wednesday afternoon. "It was about finding the best fit for me, whether that was West Virginia or somewhere else. It turned out that West Virginia was it, and that it was where I grew up and know people was a bonus."
Trickett checked out several other possible destinations, including USF and Auburn, but found that West Virginia's offensive system, combined with his suitability for it, couldn't be matched anywhere else.
"When I was growing up, I wasn't a West Virginia quarterback," he said, referring to the Rich Rodriguez era that featured running signal callers like Rasheed Marshall and Pat White. "That wasn't me. But now, I have no doubt. I think I was made for this offense."
While Trickett played in a Florida State scheme that featured some passing spread elements, he believes that the system run by Dana Holgorsen at West Virginia plays right into his strengths. That "excellent fit" was his ultimate decider in choosing to return to the town where he spent a good chunk of his childhood.
Trickett's view of the system's suitability to his skill doesn't make him think about, much less predict, his position on the depth chart this fall. He spent time during his WVU visit hanging out with his future teammates, watching video of the offense and getting a feel for the Mountaineer program under Holgorsen.
"I really treated that visit like a business trip," he said. "I did get to talk to some of my friends, but I spend most of my time hanging out with the players (some of whom he already knows and counts as friends). I wanted to see everything I could."
Now that the decision is made, Trickett won't be wasting any time in jumping into the WVU program. He's scheduled to graduate on May 6, and plans to be on campus sometime the following week.
"I'm really excited to come in and compete," he said.