Jameis Winston is going to keep playing football somewhere next year. It most likely won't be in college.
CBS Sports is reporting that Winston, a sophomore quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles, will declare himself eligible for the NFL Draft next year. He will not leave Florida State University.
According to the report, just a few weeks ago Winston was "torn" about his future and whether he wanted to enter next year's draft or spend another season in Tallahassee. The quarterback reportedly loves playing both football and baseball in college and would only have declared if the Seminoles were "undefeated deep into the season" and if he was having a "superb season."
However, the report said Winston is now "virtually certain" to declare for the draft due to an "adversarial relationship with school officials."
That seems all but impossible now, with the University having to conduct three investigations into Winston's dealings this year, from yelling an off-color meme in public (for which he served a one-game suspension), possibly signing memoribilia for pay (a charge Winston denies), and sexual misconduct (Winston denied these charges, as well). Even at the end of the Florida State-Notre Dame game, Seminole head coach Jimbo Fisher hugged Winston, but could be heard advising Winston to comport himself appropriately when dealing with Notre Dame players.
ESPN.com recently reported that more than 2,000 autographs from Winston have been authenticated on the James Spence Authentication website.
Winston seems to have worn out his welcome with key members of the athletic department, once his staunchest supporters. His relationship with Fisher is strained. Winston is adamant about his love of both football and baseball (Winston is a relief pitcher on the Florida State baseball team). His intent was to help the team as much as possible this year, then depart, but it was never finalized. With what has transpired the last few weeks,, it's all but a certainty.
Sports Illustrated is reporting that last Sunday, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that Winston is dropping on NFL draft boards and that some NFL general managers have taken the Heisman Trophy winner off their board altogether.
Keep a lookout for more information as it becomes available.