Jameis Winston to enter NFL draft, his father tells ESPN

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 10:38 AM

(Reuters) - Quarterback Jameis Winston plans to leave Florida State University and enter the National Football League draft, his father told ESPN.

Initially, Antonor Winston said his son, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2013, planned to wait until after the college football national championship game on Monday to announce a decision.

However, Jameis Winston, a redshirt sophomore, came to a firm decision Tuesday night that he was ready to enter the draft and was expected to make a formal announcement on Wednesday afternoon.

Many experts have Winston ranked among the top two quarterbacks potentially available in the draft, along with Marcus Mariota of Oregon, who won the 2014 Heisman Trophy.

Winston, 21, has made nearly as many headlines for his off-the-field behavior as for his brilliance on the gridiron.

Winston faced a rape allegation, for which he has not been charged, a one-game suspension for yelling a vulgar phrase in an on-campus dining area, as well as a citation for shoplifting crab legs from a supermarket.

Winston led Florida State to a 14-0 record and the national championship last season. This season, the Seminoles were 13-1, losing to Oregon 59-20 in the national semifinals.

Oregon will play Ohio State for the national title on Monday night.

(Reporting by Steve Ginsburg; Editing by Bill Trott)