Jameis Winston always had a plan to win a national championship for Florida State, going back to his days as the No. 1 high school quarterback recruit in the country.
ESPN.com reporter Max Olson recounts much of what Winston wanted out of his Seminoles career in a previously unpublished interview, conducted before signing day in 2012. While in Austin, Texas, for a high school all-star game, Winston told Olson:
"Florida State has been down for a couple of years," Winston said. "I'm going to be able to help rebuild another legacy. At Alabama, hey, I'm from the state of Alabama, that's the best program. I'm aware of what's going to happen at Alabama. They got the top recruiting class coming in. They're going to win no matter what. But who's going to be the person who steps up like Cam Newton?
"Really, I just want to bring the swag back to Florida State, like Deion and Charlie Ward back in the day. Just bring that swag back. Start something new. Start a new trend. It's a new year. It's time for another program to get back."
We now know that vision came to fruition. Olson provides much more insight in his column on Winston, before he was famous. To read more, click here.