Clint Trickett spent much of his childhood in Morgantown, W.Va., while his father, Rick, was the offensive line coach at WVU from 2001-2006.
In 2007, Rick Trickett joined the coaching staff at Florida State, and Clint went on to play high school football at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee. He was a 247Sports composite 3-star prospect in the class of 2010 and chose FSU over Arkansas, Louisville, Pitt, South Florida and others.
After redshirting his first year for the Seminoles, he had a strong first season on the field while backing up and filling in for the oft-injured EJ Manuel in 2011. The following season, Manuel stayed healthy and Trickett's on-field opportunities diminished.
In two seasons in Tallahassee, Trickett accumulated 947 passing yards, while throwing seven touchdown passes and four interceptions.
Manuel then left for the NFL draft after the 2012 season, leaving Trickett locked in a battle for a starting position with redshirt freshman phenom Jameis Winston. Though FSU wasn't near a decision, Trickett decided to leave shortly after Winston's breakout performance in the team's spring game.
After considering Auburn and South Florida, Trickett decided to go back to Morgantown.
As detailed by Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail, Trickett had long since been planning a return to WVU, a process that included an extra load of course work that enabled him to graduate early.
Upon arrival, Trickett found himself locked in another battle for a starting job, this one with Paul Millard and Ford Childress.
The three remained equal for much of fall camp, but Trickett's experience appears to have vaulted him over the top. The media was twice treated to a full scrimmage during fall camp, with Trickett running the first-team offense on both occasions.