"Oh, I love coach Trickett to death," said Pettis, who was in Tallahassee for a linemen camp at Florida State on Saturday. "I love the way Trickett coaches. I love the way that he gets things done."
Love isn't an emotion often associated with Trickett, who served with the Marines in Vietnam before he earned his reputation as one of the best offensive line coaches in the nation. But in fact, Pettis said he admires his future coach's military background.
"He's a lot like my dad -- my dad was in the military, [Trickett was] in the military," said Pettis, who plays for his father Kevin Pettis at DeLand. "[Trickett] is an in-your-face type of coach. I mean, I think that's how I perform the best. I don't like to [coast] -- I want someone to get after me if I'm not doing right."
In fact, Trickett has already influenced Pettis and not just his decision to come to Florida State. When Pettis, an Under Armour high school All-American, ended his junior season at DeLand last year, he weighed about 330 pounds.
Trickett told him to trim down. So Pettis did. By about 30 pounds, he said.
"I like someone to have a strong hold and a strong leash [on me]," Pettis said.
Pettis said he is still receiving calls from other schools, but that he will remain a firm commitment to Florida State. He said he will not visit other schools, and that his lone official visit will be to Florida State.