1. Jameis Winston / Florida St. / 6'4", 227
Everybody knows about Jameis Winston now that he's a national champion, became only the second freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy (Johnny Manziel), and unfortunately for being in the news off the field. However, a lot of football coaches knew this kid was going to be a good one a long time ago.
I know we wanted this hometown kid badly at Alabama, but Winston never considered going to an SEC school because of baseball. I was actually able to break down his film at Hueytown on Hudl.com in preparation for the 5-A State Playoffs in 2011. Hueytown was about to face Vigor, with the winner advancing to the state championship game to play us (Hartselle). Vigor defeated Winston and Hueytown, and we went on to defeat Vigor 13-3 in the state championship and complete an unblemished 15-0 season.
What I noticed about Winston that stood out perhaps even beyond the physical gifts that made him a 5-Star recruit, were his advanced on the field intangibles for a high school Senior. These kind of intangibles are the type that only come from studying the finer details of playing the position as a young child. These intangibles are exactly what allowed him to accomplish all that he did as a freshman on the football field for Florida St. There were moments in that national title game against Auburn where Winston looked overwhelmed and unsettled for the first time....ever. He'd never seen anything like that before in the ACC. Yet again, those same intangibles allowed him to settle back in and seize control of the football game... and lead his team to a clutch game winning touchdown drive with it all on the line. Bottom line is that Jameis Winston is a splendid two sport athlete that should be ready to be the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
2. Brett Hundley / UCLA / 6'3", 222
3. Marcus Mariota / Oregon / 6'4", 215
4. Connor Cook / Michigan St. / 6'4", 218
5. Nate Sudfeld / Indiana / 6'5", 230
6. Matt Johnson / Bowling Green / 6'0", 215
7. Cody Kessler / USC / 6'1", 215
8. Joel Stave / Wisconsin / 6'5", 225
The following are athletes possibly, or in most cases likely to make a position switch at the next level:
1. Trevone Boykin / TCU / 6'2", 215
2. Dak Prescott / Mississippi St. / 6'3", 230
3. Taysom Hill / BYU / 6'2", 221
4. Vernon Adams / Eastern Washington / 5'11", 190
5. Everett Golson / Notre Dame / 6'0", 190