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On Saturday, Stanford coach David Shaw called Winston's father to confirm Winston has been admitted into the school should he choose to sign there.
Winston remains verbally committed to Florida State, but he said gaining admission into one of the country's most prestigious universities was an honor.
Coach [David] Shaw called me and told me I was in. They sent a letter as well and I can’t tell you how relieved I was to find out. I literally felt like there was a huge weight on my back and when I got that call, it felt like the weight was lifted off.
It was a little stressful but I was taking my visits and checked out UCLA and Washington and liked both places a lot. I was supposed to visit Colorado but I canceled that trip. I always said the other schools were backup options in case I didn’t get in to Stanford so this really clears up everything up for me.
Both schools are great academically and have top football programs. Stanford is a little better academically while USC has more tradition. Both schools have an opening at the left tackle position and I really want to play as a true freshman. It’s very important to me.
... It’s just going to come down to where I feel I can be the most comfortable at for the next four or five years of my life. The school where I’m most comfortable with the players, coaches and the overall atmosphere, that’s who I’m going to pick.
It was close, but I just felt Stanford was the best overall fit for me. I've been up to Stanford several times, and it just always felt like home to me. They have the best combination of academics and football in the country, and I really love everything about the place.
I already know a lot of the players on the team and the recruiting class coming in is strong. I'm close with the coaching staff and especially Coach [Mike] Bloomgren, the offensive line coach, and Randy Hart, who recruits my area.