"It would have been a little tougher,'' he said of any decision to leave. "I would have had to thoroughly sit down with my family [and talk about it]. It was pretty easy, though.''
It was also made easier by the fact that apparently Trickett was never entirely comfortable at Florida State, despite - or perhaps because of - the presence of his dad on the staff.
"Things were uncomfortable down there with my dad being on staff. I don't want to get into it too much, but it was just really uncomfortable and I had to get out,'' Trickett said. "It wasn't the players. I was just one of the guys. They didn't treat me like a coach's kid. The players were fine.''
Perhaps it was the fans, who can sometimes be brutal on a quarterback with bloodlines to coaches. Whatever the case, with a degree in hand, it was time to go.
And the process of choosing West Virginia? Well, it really wasn't much of a process at all.
"I took a couple of visits, but I knew I was coming here,'' Trickett said. "It's a no-brainer. I'm from here. I'm a West Virginia kid. It was pretty easy.''
As it turns out, the timeline actually worked out pretty well. Yes, had he been recruited by Stewart's staff he would now have three years in the program, but he wouldn't likely have beaten out Geno Smith. And he would still be competing for the starting job with two years of eligibility remaining.
Trust that Trickett is competing, having been promised nothing.
"During this second recruiting process some other schools were pretty quick to say, 'It's yours if you want it,' '' Trickett said of the few contacts he made other than WVU after deciding to leave Tallahassee. "I didn't really like that because you know it's college football. You're going to have to compete wherever you go. I didn't really trust that what the other coaches were saying. I just trusted what Dana said. He said, 'Hey, I'm not promising you anything, but you're going to get a chance at it.' ''
The issue, of course, is that now Trickett is starting from scratch. Holgorsen's spread offense bears little resemblance to Florida State's pro-style attack, from the quarterback's reads to the faster tempo.
"Everything here is progressions, where everything there was coverage based,'' Trickett said. "You have to go through your reads and stay on them and always be ready to throw it. Everything down there was pretty much set. Once you hit the fifth step, the ball's out.''
His progress so far?
"Not there,'' Trickett said. "I don't think you're ever there. You always have to get better, the little intricacies that you try to figure out. I'm trying to figure that out now.''
As much as the transfer to West Virginia was, as Trickett said, a no-brainer, he still did his due diligence. Among other things, he talked to former West Virginia quarterbacks like Pat White and Rasheed Marshall. And despite the staff turnover since he was here as a kid growing up, there are still familiar faces all over the place, like assistant director of football operations Quincy Wilson.
"It was fun to talk to them,'' Trickett said. "My dad recruited Pat, so we had a close relationship. I knew Rasheed when he played here and even Quincy. I saw him the other day and he said, 'Man, it's cool to see you out here.' And I said, 'Yeah, it is.' ''
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