Coming out of high school, Jameis Winston was ranked as a 5-star recruit out of Hueytown, Ala.
He signed with Florida State on Feb. 3, 2012 over scholarship offers from 14 other programs, including Alabama, LSU and Stanford.
Winston went on to win a Heisman Trophy and national championship with the Seminoles, but if had a chance to do it all over again, he would have chosen Stanford.
He told this much to a group of Bay Area reporters on a teleconference Wednesday.
“When I got accepted into Stanford, me and my family were excited,” Winston said, according to CSN Bay Area. “I actually took my visit out there to make my final decision. When I came from Palo Alto, I was blown away. But I decided to go to FSU (laughs).
“It was me just really not knowing how prestigious Stanford was. I look back all the time and see how if I’d gone to Stanford which way my life could’ve turned. But, you know, you make decisions and you go with them and you own them.”
Despite his success on the field, Winston was involved in his share of off-field drama. The quarterback was accused of sexual assault stemming from an incident in December 2012 and received a citation for shoplifting in 2013.
“You are who you place yourself around,” he said, according to CSN Bay Area. “And I would’ve loved the opportunity to go to Stanford and be with some of my friends out there.”