Four-Star QB Visits Auburn, Talks Tigers

Hueytown's Jameis Winston talks about his trip to Auburn on Monday and where the Tigers stand.

Hueytown, Ala.--The top quarterback prospect in Alabama and among the top players in the country at his position, Jameis Winston had not shown much interest in Auburn early in the process but on Monday decided to take a closer look at coach Gene Chizik's program. A four-star prospect and a definite dual-threat player in the mold of Cam Newton, Winston said he liked what he saw out of the Tigers and plans to return.

"It was good," Winston said of his visit. "I talked to coach Chizik and met with the baseball people. It was overall a good day.

"I felt good about the trip," he added. "I just have to get back to see the academic center and take my parents down there. My coach (Matt Scott) took me down there. I just have to get around and see some new things."

With Alabama and Florida State considered the front runners for quite a while, Winston's visit gave the Tigers a chance to show what coach Gus Malzahn's offense is all about as well as the Auburn baseball program. Just getting a glimpse of that was enough for him to put Auburn on his list.

"Auburn is working its way back to the top," Winston said. "Especially being an in-state school.

"It was real good," he added. "I just enjoyed being there. I plan on going back soon."

Jameis Winston is an imposing figure on the football field as well as the baseball diamond.

Spending time with Malzahn was one of the highlights of the trip the 6-4, 190 Winston said. He added that he felt like Cam Newton sitting in his office listening to him talk about his offense and it made a big impact on him.

"Cam Newton and the offense," Winston said is what he likes most about Auburn. "I like coach Chizik. I also know a couple of people that go there."

Something else that will play into Winston's recruitment is baseball. Described as a ‘Bernie Williams' type talent on the diamond, he said he definitely wants to play both sports in college.

"I didn't get a chance to see the baseball facilities," Winston said. "I did talk to the baseball coaches in coach Malzahn's office. That was pretty nice.

"That's real big because it's going to be a big part of my recruitment."

Winston is likely good enough to be chosen in the MLB Amateur Draft following his senior year and that could play an impact on his recruiting as well. Even though it's an option he said for him his first goal is to play in college.

"I am considering it but I want to be a college quarterback and I want to play both," Winston said. "I am considering it though."

With offers from all over the country including Clemson, Nebraska, Ohio State and Stanford, and the chance to play just about anywhere, Winston said he's hoping to continue to fine-tune his list and have a decision sometime before his senior year begins. He said that's important to him because he wants to help whichever school he chooses on the recruiting trail to bring in other talented players.

"I'm going to wait until this summer," Winston said. "I have to make an early decision because I'm the quarterback. It's real important (for him to help recruit) because that's how you win championships."


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