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Florida State Football: Why Jameis Winston Is Here to Stay

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 03:  EJ Manuel #3 and head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles discuss a play in the second half against the Boston College Eagles on November 3, 2011 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Florida State Seminoles defeated the Boston College Eagles 38-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Paul TuckerCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2012

The 2012 recruiting class is just another in the recent string of great classes that Jimbo Fisher has brought to Tallahassee since his promotion to head coach of the Seminoles.

Now the goals are being set even higher for Fisher and his staff because of all the talent that he possesses.

In 2008, I watched a short recruiting video of a kid from Virginia Beach who was going to play quarterback for Florida State.

This guy was supposed to be the first big thing of Jimbo Fisher’s to hit Doak Campbell stadium.

He had a big arm with an awkward release, but I was impressed nonetheless.

As you may well know, that kid was E.J. Manuel.

He has had a stellar career thus far and looks to have a great season ahead.

Fast forward to late 2011, I am watching a recruiting video of some guy named Jameis Winston.

He had just recently committed to FSU and was a major acquisition for the 2012 class.

The video quality was nothing short of poor, but bad video technology can’t hide the talent level that was obviously evident in this high school quarterback.

Winston made amazing runs, impressive scrambles and had one heck of an arm.

He was, for lack of better word, legit.

And don’t worry, he still is.

On national signing day, he didn’t partake in the usual festivities of faxing in his resume and heralding himself as the best recruit ever, as so many of these high school seniors do.

He reasserted his commitment as a Seminole when talking on ESPNU, saying that he would send in a signed letter of intent in a few days.

This made a few fans, including myself, somewhat nervous about him jumping ship and attending another school.

However, a few days passed, and he came through on his word to stay a Seminole.

Winston is also considered a major prospect in the upcoming MLB draft, and some feel he could pursue a dream of playing in the Majors.

His maintained commitment to Jimbo Fisher, and Florida State speaks well of his character and that he will not jump at the first sniff of money.

I have made recent comments about how we should not get used to the thought of Winston being a ‘Nole long-term, but the more I examine the situation the more I feel Winston will stick around to play college ball.

He has proven his character thus far and doesn’t look to be in the business of himself.

So, ‘Nole fans, take heart and do not worry about the fate of young Jameis Winston, for it is very likely he could become one of the greatest Seminoles ever.

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