Jimbo Fisher on Wednesday disputed one of the biggest assumed truths in college football.
Jimbo Fisher on Wednesday said he thinks Jameis Winston will be at FSU for another two years.
Per NFL rules, a football player must be out of high school for at least three seasons before he can enter the NFL draft. Which means the Florida State's star quarterback, Jameis Winston, will be in Tallahassee for at least one more season.
Beyond that, it's been mostly assumed that Winston would leave with two remaining years of eligibility and pursue pro football, where he would be virtually assured of becoming a first-round pick.
Fisher, though, is not so sure.
“Everybody says he’s going to stay one year and leave,” Fisher said. “Which I don’t think that’s true. I think it will be two.”
Fisher briefly mentioned Winston's future while discussing the luxury of recruiting high school wide receivers to come play with a Heisman-winning quarterback. The Seminoles landed five-star receiver prospects Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph, and Fisher said that Winston was instrumental in steering both to FSU.
“I thought Jameis did a great job in helping us recruit those guys,” Fisher said.
Winston, a native of Hueytown, Ala., threw for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns while completing 66.9 percent (257 of 384) of his passes.
He become the second redshirt freshman in as many years to win the Heisman Trophy (Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M), and in 2014 will be the first Heisman- and national title-winning quarterback to return for the next season since USC's Matt Leinart in 2005.