August 3, 2011

How does Winston's commitment affect Maguire?

Florida State picked up its 16th commitment for 2012 on Wednesday, when top-rated dual threat quarterback Jameis Winston, of Hueytown, Alabama committed to the Seminoles.

Winston joins New Jersey Seton Hall Prep quarterback Sean Maguire as the second signal caller in the class. Maguire has known all along that despite his commitment earlier this summer that the coaching staff was still pursuing Winston.

The 6'3 quarterback told Wednesday night that Winston's decision doesn't change a thing for him.

"I've wanted to go to FSU since I've been on the campus," he said. "I committed in June and I'm not going to let someone dictate where I want to go to school the next five years."

Maguire said he has talked to head coach Jimbo Fisher about the fact that a second QB could be brought in as part of this class. He said he agreed with what Fisher told him, that competition will only make him and the rest of the offense better.

"If you compete for your starting job and you win, you're going to be a better quarterback than if it was just handed to you," he said. "You want some competition wherever you go, and Florida State is big time, you know you're going to compete with the best and I expected to. I'm looking forward to it 100 percent."

Maguire, the No. 14 pro-style QB according to, said he hasn't talked to any other schools since committing in June and he doesn't plan to. He and his parent's have discussed the possibility of enrolling early just yet, but plan to talk about after the season in December.

Right now his focus has been on helping his team get better this summer as they've competed in a number of passing tournaments.

"This summer has been really positive for our team," he said. "We won some 7-on-7 tournaments, practice we're looking good, and our team is just looking great this year."

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