Why they want him
Winston is not only a great QB prospect but a potential high draft choice in baseball as well. He is the best combination of athleticism and arm talent this class has to offer. He is a dual threat who is a passer first, runner second. He is going to continue to fill out and get stronger. Winston has a very high ceiling for development and does not just have to play in the spread. He is scheme versatile because he is a quality passer.
How he fits
Alabama Crimson Tide: While the Crimson Tide are currently dealing with a quarterback battle between two talented underclassmen (AJ McCarron and Phillip Sims), they still possess a need to land a quarterback in this class, especially since the quarterback battle could potentially lead to the one losing out looking at other options. Winston, an in-state prospect and the No. 1 quarterback in the country, would naturally be a great fit for the Crimson Tide. Without an immediate need to play, the very talented but still somewhat raw four-star multi-sport athlete could be afforded valuable time to develop and refine his skills. With a very good arm that can make all the necessary throws, he is more than just an athlete and, with development, he possesses the tools to be able to make plays from the pocket. His athleticism -- which allows him to throw on the move, buy second chances, tuck the ball and run and, at times, create plays seemingly out of nothing -- could also add a dimension to the Alabama offense that we have not really seen in the Nick Saban era.
Florida State Seminoles: The Seminoles head into the 2011 season with EJ Manuel at quarterback but still possess a need at the position on the recruiting trail. While the Seminoles already have a commit from four-star quarterback Sean Maguire, there is still a need for Winston. (Maguire is also a good get for FSU as Winston's prowess on the baseball field could delay his development and possibly even prevent him from ever playing a down in college.) Winston would obviously be a big land for a Florida State, which is already No. 2 in the class rankings but has a class that is a bit defensive oriented. Winston is a player who needs some development as a quarterback, but he would be a nice fit for a program under Jimbo Fisher, who has targeted and landed athletic and speedy players. Also keep in mind that if Winston committed to FSU, it would be the fourth FSU commit from Alabama, adding a little fuel to the recruiting rivalry between the Crimson Tide, which has the No. 3 class in the country, and the Semonoles, who sit one spot ahead of them.
LSU Tigers: LSU looks to be the long shot in this battle for the No. 1 quarterback and landing him would be a bit of a surprise and a big get. Heading into the 2011 season, the Tigers' QB picture consists of senior Jordan Jefferson, junior Jarrett Lee and a sophomore JUCO transfer Zach Mettenberger, and while they did sign two quarterbacks in their 2011 class, the need certainly is there for a quarterback in this class and especially one as talented as Winston. The baseball factor that Winston brings with him is something LSU has dealt with in the past as Zach Lee, a four-star prospect in the Tigers' 2010 class, decided to play baseball. So win or lose, LSU will still need to look at quarterback prospects.