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Ex-Florida State QB lands at West Virginia

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Quarterback Clint Trickett is headed from Florida State to West Virginia and will be eligible this fall, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Trickett announced last month that he was leaving Florida State after the Seminoles appeared to be leaning toward making redshirt freshman Jameis Winston the replacement for departing quarterback E.J. Manuel.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Trickett plans to start classes at West Virginia on May 20. He will earn a degree from Florida State in May, making him eligible right away with the Mountaineers.

"It's official, I will finish my academic/athletic career at WVU. This is a dream come true to be playin for the state I love. #CountryRoads," Trickett wrote on Twitter.

As a backup in two seasons at Florida State, Trickett completed 66 of 106 passes for 947 yards and seven touchdowns with

Trickett has ties to West Virginia, having lived there for seven years while his father, Rick, served as the offensive line coach. He said he chose West Virginia over Auburn and South Florida because he liked the Mountaineers' style of offense.

West Virginia has an opening at the quarterback position after Geno Smith departed for the NFL. Trickett will vie with junior Paul Millard and freshman Ford Childress for the starting job.

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