After being assured Tuesday evening that Rick Trickett will stay on as offensive line coach in the Jimbo Fisher coaching regime at Florida State, DeLand's massive junior offensive lineman, Trey Pettis, orally committed to the Seminoles.
Pettis (6-5, 295) said he asked Trickett in a phone conversation if FSU's scholarship offer still stood.
Trickett answered yes, and Pettis' response was, "Good, because I want to be a Seminole."
Pettis plays center on the DeLand squad that is 11-1 and headed into the 6A district seminfinals this Friday against Winter Park. He has been a big reason why teh Bulldogs have two backs -- De'Ante 'Pop' Sauders and Shontrelle Johnson -- have rushed for more than 1,000 yards each this season.
Pettis, the No. 6 prospect on theSentinel's Central Florida Top 50 for the Class of 2011, is a lifelong FSU fan who has family in Tallahassee and Panama City. He said FSU topped his list all the way but the one thing he was waiting for was this week's announcement on Bobby Bowden's future.
"I didn't want it to be iffy. It was important for me to know who was staying and if anybody was going."
Trey's father, DeLand head coach Kevin Pettis added, "Trey loves coach Bowden and he loves coach Fisher. But I think it was really important for him to know that coach Trickett is still going to be there."
Trickett will have an even larger vested interested into the FSU program next year when his son Clint Trickett, quarterback at North Florida Christian, enrolls at Florida State.Copyright © 2015, CT Now