The Future is Now: Hueytown QB Jameis Winston
Posted July 11, 2011 8:18 pm
FinestPreps.com has promised to deliver not only the nation’s top under the radar football prospects but the nation’s elite high school football prospects as well.
Today we take a look to the deep south–to the state of Alabama.
The talent rich state has produced some of the nation’s top high school football players over the years but few of them looked as good on tape as this high school football superstar.
This dual-threat signal-caller reminds many people of some of the all-time greats at his position, blending different elements of their game into his own.
Who’s the football phenom that has made the town of Hueytown a household name?
Check below for the report from our very own Mike Curtis.
If you are looking for an elite quarterback prospect for the 2012 recruiting class then look no further that Hueytown, Alabama.
Hueytown is home to the top dual threat quarterback in the country, Jameis Winston.
Saying the 52nd ranked player in Rivals100 can beat you with his arm or his legs is an understatement.
Winston has a strong, lively arm and he can make all of the throws. He puts good zip on the ball and can fit it in tight coverage. He really steps into his throws and lets it rip. The dynamic signal-caller throws a beautiful deep ball–often hitting his wide receivers in stride. He also displays good accuracy, ball placement, and slings it very well on the run.
The Alabama native has great poise in the pocket and makes great decisions with the football. He only threw three interceptions last season.
His running ability in a word-spectacular. Winston has great moves, always makes the first man miss, and is a threat to take it the distance anytime he takes off.
He’s not a burner but he’s very elusive and slippery in the open field. He’s a very strong runner, shaking off would be tacklers throughout his highlights and has a nose for the end zone. He’s a true competitor and Winston shows off his toughness blocking downfield on running plays during his highlight package. Jameis also can use his legs to buy time in the pocket which allows his receivers to get open. His throwing mechanics are decent but could use some refining. Since he works primarily out of the shotgun and the pistol formations, he will need to work on his footwork and his drops. The dynamic dual threat is still a little raw but his potential is limitless. He has offers from 18 different schools for football but he’s also a highly coveted baseball prospect.
Whichever school he decides to sign with in February may have a Russell Wilson, Kyle Parker scenario on their hands. Winston hit a .428 batting average and posted a 1.92 ERA during his sophomore year. He is pretty much guaranteed to be drafted by a major league baseball team when he becomes eligible and it will be interesting to see which sport he ultimately chooses.
Winston has accepted an invitation to play in the 2012 Under Armour All-American game, a game comprised of the nation’s top high school football talent. The uber talented quarterback hopes to build upon an outstanding junior campaign in which he threw for over 2300 yards, rushed for over 800 yards, and accounted for 28 total touchdowns. The scary thing about Winston is he’s just going to get better and better and that’s bad news for opposing defenses.
College football fans across the country are waiting in anticipation as Winston is expected to announce his collegiate decision sometime in the month of July! If he chooses football–look for the dynamic dual threat to set the college football world on fire!
Mike Curtis is a writer for FinestPreps.com. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and feedback are welcome.
Check out Jameis Winston’s junior highlight tape below on YouTube!