After two State Championship game losses (2006, 2007), Clint Trickett led the Eagles to the 1A State Championship in 2008 with a 17-7 win over the Fort Meade Miners. Trickett had a key 40-yard pass early in the 4th quarter to set up the touchdown that iced the game.
Trickett talked about his skill set, "I am a pocket passer, accurate, I feel I make solid reads; I can run when I need to, but I prefer to just buy time with my feet, and if nothing is open, then I will take off."
The talented quarterback has two offers already, Tulsa and Western Kentucky. He is hearing from plenty of schools and that number is sure to rise over the coming months, "I talk to Louisville, Coach Kragthorpe is a great guy, Ole Miss, Auburn, Boston College, and Central Michigan."
Readers may recognize his name, Clint is the son of Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett. Being the son of a collegiate football coach meant Clint has moved around a little as a youth. "I was born in Starkville, but was only there two years, obviously I don't remember much. Next we were at Auburn when my father was on Terry Bowden's staff. We spent six years there and that is really where I grew up, I have a lot of friends there, we all love Auburn. We spent one year at LSU for Nick Saban's first year and then a brief stop at Glenville State in West Virginia. We then were in Morgantown and my dad was on Rich Rod's staff. West Virginia is a great place and I still talk to Jeff Allen and Anthony Vecchio daily."
Does he want to play for his father at FSU? "I love FSU. It is an awesome school, and I love the people here in Tallahassee, but Jimbo(Fisher) is like my uncle, and I don't want to put him or my father in that situation. I want to blaze my own trail. Do it on my own."
Trickett has big plans for this summer and it is not just football related. "I plan on going to some Nike Combines, the Elite 11 Quarterback camp, and I will be sure to be at several University camps, I am not sure which ones yet. I am also planning on making a missionary trip to Germany with our school, I am really looking forward to that."
Next year North Florida Christian has big plans with 10 offensive starters returning including 2010 WR 's Cason Knight and Wesley Bell, 2011 WR Nick Graganella, and the transfer in of offensive linemen Gage Baxter from Chiles. "We want to be perfect. We'll call the season 'perfection' or 'repeat.' I am a leader, I try to calm everyone down, the game is not won on the first play of the game. I know Coach Cokley will do a tremendous job of utilizing our experience."
Trickett takes care of business in the classroom sporting a 3.8 GPA and he will take the SAT next Saturday for the first time. He plans to graduate early and playing time is important to him, "I'm graduating early so I can get into a school and compete next January. I am taking some college level courses already."
Trickett's best days are clearly ahead of him. He still has some filling out to do in the weight room, but he has the height, arm strength, character, and competitiveness that colleges covet. He'll have an opportunity at the Elite 11 camp to showcase his skills against the best in the country and the chance at back to back State Championships in 2009.