Class of 2012 QB Winston verbally commits to FSU

LSU and Alabama fell just short in their quest to land perhaps the best dual-threat quarterback in the nation.

Class of 2012 signal-caller Jameis Winston verbally committed to Florida State on Wednesday afternoon, bypassing the opportunity to play for an SEC powerhouse. Instead, the Hueytown, Ala., native chose Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles of the ACC.

Winston has maintained that he wanted to go to a school that would allow him to play both football and baseball, as he is one of the best baseball prospects in the nation and has said that he would not pass up the money if he is selected in major league baseball’s first-year player draft next summer. However, it is possible that the switch-hitting center fielder/pitcher could play on the diamond collegiately while also playing football if he isn’t a first-round selection.

The 6-4, 200-pounder made a strong impression at the Elite 11 quarterback qualifier in Columbus, where he shared the stage with fellow top quarterback recruits Gunner Kiel and Zeke Pike.

Winston is looking to improve on a junior campaign in 2010 in which he completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 2,334 yards and 17 touchdowns against just four interceptions. In addition, he carried 128 times for 870 yards and nine more scores in helping lead his team to an 11-2 mark.

Now the question remains whether Winston will display that football talent on Saturday afternoons in Tallahassee — or if the dream of being a major-leaguer will be too strong to give up.

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