Posted September 03, 2013

Jameis Winston’s high school coach: Texas never called to recruit Winston

Florida State Seminoles, Jameis Winston, Recruiting, Texas Longhorns
Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston went 25-of-27 for 356 yards and four passing touchdowns at Pitt. (Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Did Texas actually whiff in recruiting Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston?

That was the narrative on social media for much of Winston’s opening performance against Pitt on Monday night. Winston, who went 25-of-27 for 356 yards and four touchdowns in his debut, reportedly grew up a Texas fan and hoped to play eventually for the Longhorns. But Winston never received an offer from Texas, according to what the quarterback told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.

“I’m an OU fan but I always wanted to go to Texas. If I’d gotten offer from Texas I’d be going to Texas right now.”

According to CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman, Texas said they did contact Winston’s coach at Hueytown (Ala.) High, Matt Scott, but that the team did not believe Winston was legitimately interested in the Longhorns. Feldman spoke to Scott on Monday night, and the coach maintained that efforts were made to put Winston in contact with Texas.

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Scott told Feldman that he called Texas’ football office “four or five times” during Winston’s recruitment period, even speaking with a woman in the athletic department and trying to sell Winston’s talent and interest. But, Scott said, neither he nor Winston ever heard from the Longhorns or head coach Mack Brown.

“I can tell you this: They didn’t call me, and I was on the front line,” Scott said. “His dad made it clear he wanted Jameis and I to handle it. I can promise you, they didn’t call me and I called them multiple times. And it’s hard for me to believe that one of the nation’s top programs is gonna concede, ‘Well, we’re not going to get this guy.’”

Scott said that if Texas had shown interest, it would have been in Winston’s “top two or three [destinations] for sure.” The coach said Winston eventually decided on Florida State because the school would allow him to play both football and baseball. Winston was a highly touted baseball prospect as well.

9 comments
Cool
Cool

Hindsight it always 20/20 and it really is water under the bridge.  Talking about how a school passed on great stars is like talking about movie stars that turned down good roles that eventually lead to an academy award.  Johnny Football was still considered a back up QB at the beginning of last season...  Andrew Luck got some major help from a pretty good head coach who seems to know how to mentor QB's... it is all speculation.  Take note of all the 4 and 5 star QB's in high school  this year, and then in 6 years you tell me which ones made any impact.

Blinker
Blinker

Who cares?????  No school is forced to take anyone.  Maybe this kids coach should shut up and do what he is paid to....  coach high school football.

Angelus
Angelus

Most big-time schools have lost a superstar that wanted to attend their school, but ended up going elsewhere. It evens out.

Mike26
Mike26

Texas already had Garrett Gilbert and Connor Wood on scholarship at the time; why would they need an unproven QB at that time?

NoBiasIntended
NoBiasIntended

@Blinker he was probably asked the question by media.


How can you be an OU fan but "Always wanted to play at Texas?"   I understand instances where kids like one school but only get offered by another, but this is just weird to me.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Blinker So only you, and not this coach, should be able to express an opinion?   Nice logic.

Omagus
Omagus

@Angelus Yes, but it's becoming a narrative for Texas. Winston just the next in a line that includes Johnny Manziel, RG3 and maybe Andrew Luck as well. Considering how much better each of those guys has been compared to the QBs that Texas has had in that time period, there are reasons for Longhorn fans to be disconcerted.

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

@Mike26 Texas brought in Jalen Overstreet and Connor Brewer the same year, so I doubt it was any concern over that. More than likely a simple whiff by the coaching staff on whether the kid would actually leave the Southeast to play. It sounds hear like he genuinely wanted to considered my Longhorns, but those sentiments may not have been expressed as clearly as they are presented here. It is disappointing the Winston is not a Longhorn after reading the report, but at the end of the day the kid made a good decision to attend Florida State and Mack and the staff made a decision not to recruit him, and I hope works out well for both parties.  

Ciscos
Ciscos

@Omagus @Angelus ~ I tend to believe his high school coach that Texas never returned his calls or reached out to him.  Texas is just doing damage control. 

Even with it being a huge landscape to recruit from, with lots of talented kids, Texas could have at least called his coach back.