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Top QB recruit Jameis Winston signs with Florida State

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — One of the nation's top high school quarterbacks is bound for Florida State.

Jameis Winston of Hueytown, a suburb of Birmingham, signed Friday with the Seminoles before teammates, family, friends and a handful of Florida State fans. "I'm ready to get this started," he said.

ESPN and rate Winston as the nation's top quarterback and among the 15 best prospects overall. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound dual-threat quarterback was MVP of the Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field.

Winston committed in August; he was at a baseball all-star game on signing day Wednesday and waited to make it official. Winston is also an outfielder and a pitcher who could be a high draft pick. Baseball America rates him the No. 64 prospect in the June draft.

"I want to be in the top round," Winston said. He wouldn't say whether he would still go to FSU if drafted that high.

MORE MEYER: Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio issued a statement in which he said he wanted to "correct some inaccurate news accounts" attributed to him about new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. On Wednesday, Ohio State signed defensive end Se'Von Pittman, who had verbally committed to Michigan State. Dantonio was quoted as questioning Meyer's ethics in going after players who had verbally committed to other schools. "The timing of my comments was a reflection of an occurring matter on signing day and had nothing to do with Urban Meyer and Ohio State," said Dantonio, a former Buckeyes assistant.

BOISE AND BIG EAST: Boise State president Bob Kustra said "it's too late" to join the Big East in time for the 2012 season. "I can't imagine how anyone can pull that off," he told the Idaho Statesman. The school, which joined the Mountain West from the WAC this academic year, is set to join the Big East in 2013. The San Jose Mercury News had reported the school was being pressured to join the Big East sooner in case West Virginia succeeds to leave for the Big 12 in the fall.

ACC ALIGNMENT: The ACC will play a nine-game schedule in football and every team will compete in the league basketball tournament once Syracuse and Pittsburgh join. Commissioner John Swofford said it is unclear when those two schools will join because the Big East, to which Pitt and Syracuse now belong, requires a 27-month notice for a school to leave. For football, Syracuse will join the Atlantic Division and Pittsburgh the Coastal.

UCF ADDS TO STAFF: Former Knights player Kirk Callahan, a former graduate assistant at Florida, was named defensive backs coach. Tyson Summers was named linebackers coach.

CINCINNATI: Running back Akise Teague, charged with burglary Wednesday, was dismissed from the team.

GEORGIA: Coach Mark Richt dismissed three of last season's freshmen — cornerback Nick Marshall, defensive back Chris Sanders and receiver Sanford Seay — for breaking unspecified team rules.

IOWA: Offensive coordinator Ken O'Keefe resigned for another position; the school did not say where. Some reports had him headed for the NFL's Dolphins.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS: P.J. Fleck resigned one day after being introduced as offensive coordinator, ESPN said. "P.J. called and said he does not feel he's ready to be an offensive coordinator," coach Dave Doeren said in a statement. Fleck was receivers coach last season at Rutgers under Greg Schiano, who left to become head coach of the Bucs.

Top QB recruit Jameis Winston signs with Florida State 02/03/12 [Last modified: Friday, February 3, 2012 11:51pm]
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