Better yet, for Ohio State, was the fact that Winston and his head coach, Matt Scott, also spent four days in Ohio, traveling about the state checking out the sights.
"Things went great for us, even though we didn't get home until after midnight Monday night because of weather," Scott stated. "Jameis had to be in school today to take an exam, and he didn't get a lot of rest, so he wanted me to get in touch with you."
"We both felt things went really well," he continued. "We met with Coach (Jim) Tressel on Saturday, and I have to say that he is one impressive man. Jameis was also really impressed with Coach Tressel, and he mentioned what a good man he thought he was. I know those guys are going through a lot right now, but they sure didn't show it."
"We spent as much time talking about other things than we actually did about football," he added. "We were able to watch film with (quarterback coach) Nick Siciliano, and he and I hit it off real well. Jameis sat in there with us and he loved watching us talk football. We spent a lot of time at Ohio State, but we did see other things as well."
Scott and his prized quarterback were able to take a tour around Ohio, going as far south as Cincinnati, and north to Cleveland.
"He and I went up to Cleveland to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame," Scott explained. "We stopped at Canton and saw the Football Hall of Fame too. We couldn't believe the Rock Hall closed at 5:30. Now what would Ozzy Osbourne think of you all closing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at 5:30? That place should stay open until the sun comes up. We saw the Browns Stadium and the Indians game was just ending against the Reds. I had two assistant coaches at a clinic in Cincinnati, so we picked them up first thing in the morning the next day, and we all checked out both the baseball and football stadiums."
What about a possible return visit for Winston in the fall, for an official visit to Ohio State?
"I think that Jameis will be back in the fall and take an official visit," Scott said. "We looked at the schedule, and we're talking about coming back for the Wisconsin game. We play on a Thursday night that week, so that would work out great time-wise. I think that is the plan right now, because he was very impressed with Ohio State."
"Ohio State asked me if Jameis was truly serious about them," he added. "I told them that's exactly why he went to the Elite-11 up here, rather than going to the one closer to home. He really wanted to see Ohio State, and the good thing for them is how much he liked everything up there. He is definitely interested, and we just have to see where things go from here."
Scout.com will continue to track the recruitment of Winston, 6-foot-4, 195-pounds, over the coming months, and will update his situation as circumstances dictate.