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Florida State phenom QB Jameis Winston wanted to go to Texas

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Jameis Winston completed 25-of-27 passes for 356 yards, four touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in his collegiate debut Monday night – and it could have been with Texas.

Winston, Florida State’s redshirt freshman phenom, told ESPN’s Max Olsen in a 2012 interview that he wanted desperately to go to Texas, but couldn’t get the Longhorns to acknowledge he even existed. Fellow ESPNer Brett McMurphy reminded the country of those quotes during the 41-17 drubbing of Pitt.

CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman confirmed with Winston’s high school coach that the quarterback had called Texas “four or five” times and never received a call back.

[Related: Jameis Winston's girlfriend makes bold pregame claim]

Remember, this is the same Mack Brown that wanted the last two Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks – Baylor’s Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel – to play defensive back for the Longhorns.

Winston could potentially be a third Heisman Trophy winning QB to get the snub by Brown and his staff. And they wonder why they’ve been “rebuilding” for the past few years.

All eyes on you, David Ash.

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