Former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett, who announced his intention to transfer after it became apparent he wouldn't win the Seminoles' starting job, is taking an official visit to Auburn, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports.
Considering the major question mark Auburn has at the quarterback position, it's no surprise that head coach Gus Malzahn is interested in meeting with Trickett and finding out if he could be a good addition for the Tigers. Trickett has two years of eligibility remaining, and because he is on track to graduate in May, he'll won't have to sit out if he transfers to another BCS school.
Trickett checks in at 6'3, 185 pounds, and he wants a chance to be a starter in 2013. In two years as a backup under former Seminole E.J. Manuel, he completed 66-of-106 passes for 947 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. He was competing against redshirt freshman Jameis Winston for Florida State's starting job this spring, but it became clear that Winston, a former five-star recruit, would prevail. Trickett was a three-star prospect, according to 247 Sports's composite rankings, in the 2010 cycle.
A pro-style signal-caller, Trickett wouldn't be the best fit in Malzahn's read-option offense, but former Tiger Chris Todd wasn't the ideal candidate, either. But in 2009, Todd completed 60.4 percent of his passes for 2,612 yards, a then-school record 22 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Trickett is also showing interest in South Florida and West Virginia, as well as Michigan.
Quarterback play was a disaster for Auburn in the 3-9 2012 season, and right now, it's hard to tell whether or not the Tigers will be much better in 2013. Neither Jonathan Wallace nor Kiehl Frazier were able impress all that much in spring practice, and while JUCO transfer Nick Marshall and true freshman Jeremy Johnson will arrive in the fall, they are both unproven commodities. There's no guarantee any quarterback on the Tigers' Week 1 roster will be ready to lead an SEC team. If Malzahn thinks Trickett could fare well, the new head coach will likely try to bring in the former 'Nole.