December 13, 2010

Winston schedules practice visits

Hueytown (AL) dual threat quarterback Jameis Winston is one of the top prospects in a loaded 2012 cycle in the state of Alabama. This season, Winston led his team to an 11-2 record and a deep run in the 5A state playoffs.

"We finished up short," Winston said. "We lost in the third round, but we did some things that Hueytown's never done before. We beat Demopolis, the defending state champions. It was a good and bad season at the same time. It was the first time we've had a balanced attack. Our running back ran for 1,700 yards and I threw for 2,300 yards.

"We look pretty good for next year. Our entire defense comes back. We had a whole new defensive staff come in and it was the first year in that system. We did real good with it being the first year with those coaches."

While he doesn't have all of his visit plans finalized, Winston wants to hit the road and check out some bowl practices.

"I didn't think about recruiting too much during the season, with us trying to win a state championship," Winston said. "Now that everything's over, I'm going to start taking some visits and go to some bowl practices. I want to have a decision this summer before my senior season."

"I plan on going to Atlanta to watch Florida State practice (for the Chic-Fil-A Bowl) and LSU as well," Winston said. "I'm going to visit some different places that I haven't been to yet. I'm going to go to some places where I haven't had the chance to build relationships with the coaches. I'm open right now."

When looking at prospective universities, Winston has three primary criteria that will play into his decision.

"First, it's the relationships with the coaches," said Winston. "Second, if they allow me to play baseball. Third, I need to see myself at the school as a student in case anything happens, like an injury."

Education will also play a factor in Winston's decision.

"I want to be a Pre-Med major," Winston said. "I know it's kind of tough, but if I put my mind to something, I try my best to do it. It's just something I've wanted to do since I was a little kid. I don't want to be a regular podiatrist. I want to get my name out there and hopefully be a podiatrist for NFL players."

Aside from a renewed focus on recruiting, Winston plans on keeping it simple during the offseason.

"I'm just focused on getting better," said Winston. "I usually play a lot of baseball, but I'm not going to go to as many camps this summer. I'm just going to be training every day."

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