5-Star recruit and No. 2 ranked quarterback Jameis Winston from Hueytown High School in Alabama has finally made his decision. Despite being a Florida State commit, the 6-4 190-pound prospect, who will be playing both football and baseball in college, was still considering Stanford after being accepted into the school this past week. Today he signed his letter of intent with Florida State.
“I just felt like I belonged at FSU,” Winston said. “When I went on the visit it was like there was something different about it there. I’m very excited to be done with the whole recruiting process. I talked with coach (Jimbo) Fisher earlier today. I’m just ready to get down there.”
A deciding factor in Winston's decision to come play in Tallahassee was his close relationship with the quarterback coach, Dameyune Craig, who is also from the state of Alabama.
“It was a difficult decision for me because Stanford was a great academic school,” Winston said. “But I was just real comfortable at Florida State and it was closer to home. The Noles recruited me for a good 2 years. (Dameyune) is kind of my mentor too (we have a lot of similarities) being from Alabama. Coach Fisher’s wife is also from Alabama. We all talk a lot that’s my relationship with them. It’s a big thing to me because they will be my coaches all throughout college.”
Winston recently was in Austin, Texas on the USA Football team for the International Bowl. Although he didn’t play in the All-Star game because of a shoulder injury and baseball season he did take the time to come to the event. Winston was the only recruit in the International Bowl, who even after Signing Day, chose to make his decision when with his parents when he got back home to Alabama.
“Just the people at Florida State are similar to the people in my hometown Birmingham,” Winston said. “The people are nice. It’s a great baseball and football situation. I had a really good time on my visit there. It was fun. It's always good to get down there and be with the coaches to talk some ball.”
The highly touted recruit is also a Major League Baseball prospect. Winston said he's still considering going pro, but won't be making any decisions till the draft in June.
Scout Evaluation: There are many more strengths that could be added to Winston's Scouting Report because he has a lot of tools you like in a QB. Number one, he is a leader. The players listen to him, he leads them, and he has a lot of poise. He also has good arm strength, nice pocket presence, and he makes both quick and good decisions. His legs are a weapon as well. He can still improve his accuracy. He can be a streaky thrower. - Chad Simmons