Jameis Winston eyes 2 more years

Updated: February 7, 2014, 12:48 PM ET
Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston says Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher was on the money when he said that the Heisman winner might play two more years of college football.

Winston told The Associated Press on Thursday that's indeed his plan.

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Kim Klement/USA TODAY SportsMany NFL draft experts believe Jameis Winston would have been a high first-round pick, possibly even No. 1, if eligible for this year's draft.

The redshirt freshman said he and Fisher -- who said Wednesday while talking about the Seminoles' recruiting class that the QB will be in Tallahassee two more years -- have a good relationship, "so whatever he says most likely is true."

"Obviously I'm a big baseball person, so that's an accurate statement because I plan on playing baseball next season anyway," said Winston, who is expected to be Florida State's closer this season.

Many NFL draft experts believe Winston would have been a high first-round pick, possibly No. 1 overall, if he were eligible for this year's draft in May. NFL Media draft analyst Gil Brandt, who helped build the Super Bowl-winning Dallas Cowboys as vice president of player personnel from 1960 to 1989, has said Winston has a bright NFL future.

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 also prepare for the NFL combine 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."


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