The file on Jameis Winston
High school phenom
Jameis Winston was a two-sport standout at Hueytown High School in Hueytown, Alabama, playing baseball and football. He was highly touted for both sports, received numerous scholarship offers and created plenty of MLB draft buzz.
Drafted by Rangers
Winston was drafted in the 15th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers were targeting athletic players and were not concerned about his ties to football. For Jameis, they were willing to wait.
Signs with Florida State
The two-sport star elected not to enter the ranks of professional baseball, deciding instead to pursue a college athletic career. He committed to Florida State on Feb. 3, 2012, where he redshirted behind eventual first-round pick E.J. Manuel. Winston also played baseball for the Seminoles, hitting .235 and posting a 3.00 ERA as a pitcher.
Winston burst onto the national scene after his redshirt year. In his first collegiate game, he completed 25 of 27 passes and accounted for five touchdowns. He continued to rip through the ACC and the NCAA, tallying 3,490 passing yards with 35 touchdowns and a 68.8 completion percentage through his first 12 games. He led the team to an undefeated mark and the No. 1 BCS ranking up to that point.
On Nov. 14, 2013, it was announced that an investigation had been levied against Winston surrounding a sexual assault claim filed on Dec. 7, 2012. There were no charges in original case, and it was filed as inactive. According to the Tallahassee police department, the victim broke off contact with them, but the case was reopened once the media reports surfaced.
On Dec. 5, 2013, amid a swirl of controversy surrounding the Heisman candidate, Winston was exonerated and allowed to focus fully on football. State Attorney Willie Meggs made the announcement, saying the woman's memory lapses of the events last December were problematic and there was not enough evidence to win a conviction.