As a junior with immediate eligibility this fall and ample on-field experience for a BCS contender, it's no surprise former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett is a coveted transfer prospect. The Tallahassee product has already visited West Virginia and is expected to seriously consider USF as well.
But, per CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman, a third school could enter the mix on Thursday:
The Tigers could be an intriguing landing place for Trickett. Kiehl Frazier is expected to retake the reins upon his return to the Gus Malzahn offense that made him a star in high school. Blue-chip freshman Jeremy Johnson is considered the quarterback of the future. Sophomore Jonathan Wallace was promising enough as a freshman to steal the job from Frazier during his 2012 true freshman season. So there's no doubt the job is as open as any BCS-level job can be. If Malzahn wants to bring Johnson along slowly and decides Frazier or Wallace (or junior college transfer Nick Marshall) aren't up to the starter's role, Trickett would be an intriguing alternative.
Trickett and his now ex-head coach, Jimbo Fisher, announced his departure from the Seminoles on April 17, with his decision widely speculated to be motivated by redshirt freshman Jameis Winston likely finishing spring as Fisher's No. 1 quarterback. The 6-3, 180-pound Trickett collected 106 career pass attempts as EJ Manuel's backup, including a 336-yard performance in a 2011 start against Clemson. He completed 22-of-34 for 272 yards in 2012.
Though West Virginia might still be the favorite to ultimately land Trickett -- his father, Rick, the current FSU offensive line coach, is a West Virginia native and former Mountaineer assistant -- Auburn, USF and possibly even Michigan could have their say.