Sep 2, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) hands off to running back Devonta Freeman (8) against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State QB Jameis Winston Wanted To Play For The Texas Longhorns

Even though Mack Brown had probably been asleep for a couple of hours–you know… because he’s old–by the time Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles kicked off their season with a 41-13 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers, Brown managed to make headlines on Monday night. After a nearly perfect start to his career, Winston told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy that he always really wanted to play for the Texas Longhorns.

Only one problem:


Winston was a five-star recruit coming out of high school at Hueytown High School in Hueytown, AL and was looked upon as one of the top quarterback prospects in the country in the Class of 2012. However, despite having offers from virtually every school in the country, Mack Brown and Texas did not extend an offer.

Jameis Winston even went as far as reaching out specifically to the Texas Longhorns to try to jump-start his recruitment. Apparently, it didn’t work out.

On Monday, Winston’s career got off to a sensational start with a 25-for-27 performance for 356 yards and four touchdowns through the air to go along with eight carries for 25 yards and a score on the ground. It was enough to thrust the redshirt freshman into the national spotlight and in all likelihood will make Winston one of the most talked about players in the country in 2013.

What makes it even worse for Texas fans, is that Conner Brewer, the quarterback that the Longhorns did recruit and sign, has already left the University of Texas to become a member of the Arizona Wildcats.

This is just the latest in a hilarious line of recruiting gaffs by Mack Brown, who has had a rather rough go of it over the last few years. Some of that is just natural regression from a very successful period in Texas’ history, while some of it may just be Brown losing his touch.

Granted, recruiting is very difficult and judging talent is a subjective exercise, but it is peculiar that Brown and Texas would actually make the conscious decision not to recruit a player of Jameis Winston’s ilk. However, that’s all in the past now.

The Texas Longhorns and Mack Brown are focused on their own season while Jameis Winston is hoping to lead Florida State back to prominence during his first year as a starter. Ultimately, Winston is probably due for a comedown after a game like that one, but I’m willing to bet Mack Brown and Texas will probably be kicking themselves over this one when it’s all said and done.

Whether or not we’re all blowing this out of proportion or not, Jameis Winston seems like a talent worth taking a shot on.

The hits just keep on coming for Mack Brown.

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  • UPB13

    Insiders have said that Winston was never serious about going to Texas. He called Texas for an offer just to have another offer from a prominent school. He was never going to consider it, he was just going to brag about it (not that it was worth bragging about at that time). And now that he didn’t get it, he can use it to say haha, you made a mistake. It’s a win-win for him.

    • Ryan Wooden

      I’m not saying that’s untrue, but Jameis Winston hasn’t done anything for me to say that he’s flat-out lying yet, so I’m certainly not gonna make that insinuation.

  • metoll

    Um, get back to us when this kid does something more than win a season opener. I think my eyes are stuck in the back of my head from dat eye roll.

    • Ryan Wooden

      Soooo… two weeks when they likely beat Nevada?

      • metoll

        Because beating an unranked, winless Nevada team says a lot, right?

        • Ryan Wooden

          You said something more than win a season opener. That’d be a season opener, plus a win over an unranked, winless Nevada team. Also known as, SOMETHING more.

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    • Schaweet

      How about now? Did the Clemson game satisfy you?

  • Jonny

    Wonder what kind of car he’s driving down in Tallahassee…

    • Ryan Wooden

      I’m guessing a Jetta. Safe and reliable.

  • Sword

    We don’t even know if this Winston guy will pan out. How is this a recruiting gaffe for Mack Brown? A lot of highly touted recruits want to go to Texas. You can’t give them all a scholarship.

    • Ryan Wooden

      You can probably give the most highly regarded quarterback in that recruiting class a scholarship. I mean… I’m just saying.

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