Nov. 11, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - updated 2/3/12 Florida State baseball and head coach Mike Martin added an 11th student-athlete to the 2012-13 signing class when Jameis Winston, the nation's top-ranked quarterback and highly rated baseball prospect, faxed in his national letter of intent to play football and baseball for the Seminoles on Friday, February 3.
Ten of the 11 members of the 2012-13 class hail from the state of Florida with Winston being the lone out-of-state signee.
The 2012-13 signees include Kenneth Burkhead, RHP; Robby Coles, RHP; Max Foody, LHP; Hayden Hurst, RHP; Andre Martinez, LHP; Tomas Nido, C/1B; Tyler Pike, LHP/OF; Dylan Silva, LHP; D.J. Stewart, OF; Ryan Valdes, OF/UT; and Jameis Winston, OF/RHP.
Here is a closer look at
A two-way player as an outfielder and right handed pitcher... rated by Perfect Game as the nation's No. 22 prep baseball player for the class of 2012...2011 Perfect Game USA Preseason HS Underclassmen First Team All-American...2010 Perfect Game USA Preseason HS Underclassmen Honorable Mention All-American...hit .370 and was 7-2 on the mound as a junior in 2011...hit .424 with seven homers and 36 RBIs during the Golden Gophers Class 6A state semifinal run and finished 8-3 with two saves, a 1.92 earned run average, 92 strikeouts and six complete games...2012 MaxPreps and Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American...ranked as the top baseball player in Alabama by MaxPreps...a two-time all-state player in Alabama...one of the top baseball prospects in the country...one of three Alabama players ranked on Baseball America's early 2012 top-50 draft list (No. 47)...played for the East squad in the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic
Head coach Mike Martin on Winston:
He guided Hueytown (Ala.) High School to a 13-1 record as a senior and the Class 5A state semifinals. He earned the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Class 5A Back of the Year honors as a senior after completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,424 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushing for 1,065 yards (7.4 yards per rush) and another 15 touchdowns. The four-year starter totaled 6,871 career passing yards with 67 touchdowns, completing 60 percent of his 790 passes and threw only 25 interceptions and averaged 6.5 yards per rushing attempt for 2,912 yards and 35 touchdowns on the ground which adds up to 9,853 career yards and a part in 103 touchdowns.
Winston's signing gives Florida State 19 signees in its 2012 football signing class. The class features 10 ESPNU 150 recruits prospects.
FSU football head coach Jimbo Fisher on Winston:
Original release 11/11/11
"This class is going to fill a lot of needs for us," said assistant coach Mike Martin, Jr. "It's a pitching oriented class. Everyone in this class has a chance to be a draft pick in June, but each of these players and their families are excited about the college experience, so we feel good about all of them putting on our uniform next fall. These guys will be able to handle the load of a Division I, ACC schedule. That was our focus and we feel like we met those needs with this class."
Here is a look at the 2012-13 Seminole Signing Class:
Kenneth Burkhead, Deltona, FL (Deltona Trinity Christian Academy)
Assistant Coach Mike Martin, Jr. on Burkhead: "Kenny is a right hander with a great feel for pitching. He throws three pitches for strikes and is very competitive on the mound. He is consistent with his mechanics as his fastball has maxes out between 89 to 90 and his breaking ball is a very good out pitch."
Robby Coles, Crawfordville, FL (Chipola Junior College)
Martin, Jr. on Coles: "Robby is a junior college right hander out of Wakulla. He has a very good arm, low three quarter slot which is very deceptive, and he can throw three pitches for strikes. His slider is a devastating pitch and he throws his fastball between 90 and 92 mph."
Max Foody, Bradenton, FL (IMG Baseball Academy)
Martin, Jr. on Foody: "Max is a left handed pitcher playing down at IMG Academy. He has suffered some injuries in the past but he was very impressive in his last three outings this past fall. He can throw his fastball upwards to 92 mph and has a hard 80 to 81 mph slider. Max is a guy we have big plans for right away."
Hayden Hurst, Jacksonville, FL (Jacksonville Bolles High School)
Martin, Jr. on Hurst: "Hayden is a big, durable right hander at 6-5, 235. He has really come on in the last year and we are happy with the progress that he is making with his fastball. He was highly recruited and ranked very high. Hayden throws his fastball up to 93 mph and is really coming into his own. We feel that he has very high draft potential."
Andre Martinez, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Archbishop McCarthy High School)
Martin, Jr. on Martinez: "Andre is a left handed pitcher out of Archbishop McCarthy. He has probably the best breaking ball in the state. He ran his fastball up to 90 mph in the last outing that we saw him pitch. He is guy that we feel can fill many different roles for us, whether it is as a reliever or as a starter because of his competiveness. His ability to pitch is very impressive."
Tomas Nido, Maitland, FL (Orangewood Christian School)
Martin, Jr. on Nido: "Tomas is a catcher, first baseman, outfielder that is also ranked very high by Perfect Game. He is a guy that was highly recruited across the nation. He has been on the travel ball circuit for a while and has put up big numbers at Orangewood Christian. Tomas is a guy that can step in and immediately hit in the middle of the order at the Division I level."
Tyler Pike, Winter Haven, FL (Winter Haven High School)
Martin, Jr. on Pike: "Tyler is another left handed pitcher and can also play in the outfield; a true two-way guy that we believe is the best in the state. He is 90 to 92 with his fastball and can throw three pitches for strikes. He is ranked very high and has a very good chance of being a solid draft choice. He is also a left handed hitter that can run very well. He is very athletic and will remind people of Sean Gilmartin. Tyler has the chance to do a lot for us as a two-way player."
Dylan Silva, Delray Beach, FL (American Heritage High School)
Martin, Jr. on Silva: "Dylan is a left handed pitcher out of American Heritage. He is a guy that can throw between 88-90 and has a very good breaking ball and change-up. He is another one of these players in this class that has the chance to be a very solid draft pick. Dylan is a player that can be really special because of his build, competitiveness and ability to step right in and contribute right away."
D.J. Stewart, Jacksonville, FL (Jacksonville Bolles High School)
Martin, Jr. on Stewart: "D.J. was one of our first commitments in the 2012 class. He is an outfielder out of Bolles High School in Jacksonville and is also a very good football player. He is probably as physical and strong as anyone in the class when it comes to the offensive side of things. D.J. has a very durable body. He runs, throws, and just loves to play. He is a guy that Seminole fans will really enjoy watching."
Ryan Valdes, Tampa, FL (Alonso High School)
Martin, Jr. on Valdes: "Ryan is an outfielder and middle infielder, more of a utility type guy that has great athleticism. His running and throwing abilities are all above average; he is just an overall impressive player. We will figure out where he will play down the road but he has plus bat speed and we feel he can really help our program out. Ryan plays at Alonso High School, one of the winningest programs in the state."