Jameis Winston: 5 Key Reasons Why Florida State Seminoles QB Will be a Star
5 Reasons Why Jameis Winston Will Be a Star for Florida State
Hueytown, Alabama native Jameis Winston has had high expectations surrounding him even prior to his arrival at Florida State. He's had expectations not only from the recruiting experts, but high expectations for himself. He strives to be great and has the utmost confidence in his ability.
Winston was the nation's top quarterback in 2012, as well as a coveted baseball prospect. Some of his high school accolades include USA Today first team All-American, ESPNHS first team All-American, Under Armour All-American, and Alabama Gatorade State Player of the Year. Yeah, he's pretty good.
In the high school football class of 2012, Winston was one of the biggest names. On August 3, 2011 Winston selected the Florida State Seminoles over the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers. This was not the end of Winston's recruitment, much to the chagrin of Jimbo Fisher. Alabama and LSU continued to heavily pursue the 5-star QB for his services, as well as the Stanford Cardinal and Ohio State Buckeyes. Winston remained solid to the Seminoles throughout and eventually signed to play QB in Tallahassee.
In the 2012 Under Armour All-American Game, an annual high school All-Star game in St. Petersburg, Florida showcasing some of the top high school football talent in the country, Winston was named MVP and completed 8-of-9 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns.
Even after Winston signed to play football at Florida State, it was not a forgone conclusion he would ever see the field due to his ability on the baseball diamond. Most believed Winston, if drafted high enough, would leave FSU to play baseball. Winston was selected in the 15th round (486th overall) in the 2012 MLB draft by the Texas Rangers, but he decided to continue pursuing his dream of playing quarterback and stayed at Florida State.
Winston redshirted the 2012 season, saving a year of eligibility. The starting QB job was already vacated by then senior E.J. Manuel. Following the 2012 season, FSU played their annual Garnet & Gold spring game. Going into the game, four quarterbacks were battling for the starting job: redshirt junior Clint Trickett, redshirt sophomore Jacob Coker, redshirt freshman Sean Maguire, and of course redshirt freshman Jameis Winston. Winston shined in the spring game and performed head and shoulders better than the other three quarterbacks vying for the starting job. After the game, it was obvious the job was Winston's lose. This wasn't just obvious to fans, it was obvious to Trickett, who elected to transfer just two days later. Trickett ended up transferring to his hometown West Virginia Mountaineers.
Heading into fall camp, Winston is the clear-cut favorite to win the starting QB job, with Coker being the only other candidate. I am a subscriber to the popular opinion that Fisher has not yet announced Winston the starter because he wants to limit the chances of losing Coker, who would likely transfer. Coker is a solid backup for Winston in 2013 and will probably transfer following the season.
Here are five key reasons Jameis Winston will be a star at Florida State.
Jameis Winston is an athletic freak. The 6-foot-4 227-pound QB can make all the throws, he's extremely mobile, and has a cannon for an arm. You probably have seen the video of Winston launching a football over America's largest fraternity house.
Jameis Winston is smart. The quarterback position requires more intelligence than any other in football. Luckily, Winston possesses high intelligence in addition to his athletic ability. He graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Hueytown (AL) high school. This intelligence hints at good judgement, priorities intact, and strong work ethic.
The "It" Factor
Jameis Winston possesses the "it" factor. Even though he's only a redshirt freshman, Winston commands respect throughout the entire team. Seniors and juniors trust Winston as their QB. He demonstrates great maturity and has a track-record of rising to the occasion.
Talent at Florida State
Jameis Winston is surrounded by elite talent. It is no secret that Florida State has some of the best talent in the nation. Winston will always have a great defense providing a security blanket and keeping FSU in every game during his tenure in Tallahassee, no matter how long that tenure might last. He also has talented, speedy receivers with good hands, a solid offensive line, and one of the best backfields in the country heading into 2013.
Jimbo Fisher's Track Record
Jameis Winston is playing under Jimbo Fisher. Fisher has sent two straight quarterbacks in the first round of the NFL draft, Christian Ponder and E.J. Manuel. Winston is Fisher's most talented prospect at QB yet.