Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman and led Florida State to a National Championship. His stock cannot get much higher. Yet the quarterback insists he will forgo the lure of the NFL for two more seasons and play college football.
Coach Jimbo Fisher told the Seminoles’ recruiting class that Winston would remain in Tallahassee two more years and Winston confirmed that to the Associated Press.
“Obviously I’m a big baseball person, so that’s an accurate statement because I plan on playing baseball next season anyway,” said Winston, a right-handed pitcher who is expected to be Florida State’s closer this season.
Many NFL draft experts have indicated Winston would have been a high first-round pick, possibly No. 1 overall, if he were eligible for this year’s draft in May.
Since the 20-year-old will be eligible for the 2015 NFL draft, Fisher said, “Everybody says, well he’s going to stay one (more) year and leave. . . I think it’ll be two.”
Winston said he’s not thinking that far ahead, but since he plans to play baseball next year, it would be difficult to prepare for the NFL at the same time.
“Obviously, I’m not even worried about the draft and stuff like that,” Winston said Thursday. “I’m worried about winning championships here at Florida State.”