January 25, 2012

Catching up with Jameis Winston

BIRMINGHAM | Five-star quarterback Jameis Winston took home some more hardware on Tuesday night as he was named a FOX6 Sideline All-Star for Class 5A on offense.

Winston, a Florida State commitment, spoke with TideSports.com about his recent visit with new Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who left the same position at Washington to replace Jim McElwain. The two met last week for the first time.

"It went good," Winston said. "I just met him. I just had to get to know him, get to know who he was. We didn't really talk about the offense. He went on some things about his history and stuff, and I did some research on him. I like him."

Winston said the UA coaching staff, Nussmeier included, still plans to use the dual-threat quarterback in certain packages to get him on the field as a true freshman if he were to sign with the Crimson Tide.

As for when he's going to sign with his future school, it remains up in the air.

On National Signing Day, Winston is scheduled to participate in the International Bowl, an all-star game that features the best players in the U.S. against the best players internationally. The game will be played in Austin, Texas, and Winston plans to wait until he returns home to Hueytown before he signs his letter of intent.

"(The game) should be fun," he said. "Both of my shoulders are hurt right now, so I probably won't be able to play in it. I actually played with hurt shoulders in the Under Armour game, but I just wanted to play in that game.

"I'm still going to go down there for the day. It's just that I'm doing therapy on my shoulders. I'm getting back into baseball season, so I'm trying to protect myself."

Since the end of the high school football season, the Crimson Tide's 2012 recruiting class has been doing its part to recruit Winston to Tuscaloosa. He's spent a lot of time recently with in-state commitments Ryan Anderson, Tyler Hayes, Reggie Ragland and T.J. Yeldon.

"They're my boys," Winston said. "I love Alabama. My favorite coach left, Coach Sal (Sunseri), so that kind of hurt me. Other then that, it's just anything can happen, but right now, I'm solid to Florida State."

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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