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Nation's top QB talks Texas

1/29/2012

Earlier this week, Florida State quarterback commit Jameis Winston told The Birmingham News' Jeff Sentell he'd probably be a Longhorn commit today if he'd ever received an offer from Texas.

That certainly got the attention of Longhorns fans. How in the world did Mack Brown miss out on a chance to sign the No. 1 quarterback in the nation?

I talked to Winston after this morning's International Bowl practice and asked him what happened with Texas.

"I'm an Oklahoma fan, but I always wanted to go to Texas," he said. "If I'd gotten the offer from Texas, I'd be going to Texas right now. But I never got offered."

Back when Winston was a sophomore, he said he was already getting offers from Alabama, Auburn and several other schools. But Texas was the only school he actually called. They took his call, but never got back in contact with him after that.

"They never called me back," he said. "I kind of felt left out, like 'Dang, I'm good enough for Alabama and Auburn but not good enough for Texas.' "

Winston said he wanted to come to Austin and become the next Vince Young. He likes Brown, too. But for some reason, the interest wasn't mutual.

Coincidentally, Winston became an Oklahoma fan when the Sooners beat Florida State -- his dad's favorite college team -- in the 2001 Orange Bowl to win the national title. Oklahoma did offer Winston, but after a chat with Josh Heupel he said he decided OU wasn't a good fit and ended that relationship early.