Written by Ryan Wright
By air or by sea, for Jesse Winslette (6-5, 215) it is by air or by legs. When Choctawhatchee High School has the ball, the Indians have options with Winslette executing the attack. The 2024 dual-threat came into his own during his junior season taking on 3S Florida squads, that production is drawing a Group of Five crowd.
Guiding the Indians pro-style offense, Winslette threw for 1,881 yards with 22 scores and rushed for 615 yards off 112 totes posting 11 more scores on the board.
“I’m 100 percent in control of my offense,” Winslette said. “I know my personnel really well. Before the game, I knew the other teams defense just as well. I like to never feel that I am under pressure.”
North Alabama has set down an offer, interest is building.
“Florida Atlantic and Florida International, they are the main two right now,” Winslette stated. “I have been up to Troy about four times, they say they really like my film, and I am high on their board. Lehigh and Navy have recently contacted me about coming down.”
This spring, Winslette made the trip to Florence to see the Lions.
“I did go to North Alabama to see a practice,” Winslette shared. “They have a good thing going on over there. Their QB coach, coach (Jake) Bentley, he’s a QB Country guy as well. He came from the same place where I train. I was really impressed with the caliber of throws they were doing. They really like to air it out.”
Summer trips are being planned to FIU and FAU. Winslette covered interest in the Panthers and the Owls.
FIU: “I am super excited to visit FIU. They have been contacting me a lot. Coach (Trevor) Vill (GA), he really likes my film. Coach Vill and their QB coach, coach (David) Yost, say they enjoy turning it on. He was telling me about the players they have down there, they have some athletes.”
FAU: “I am very excited to go visit. It was super cool to watch how well their basketball team did in March Madness. Coach (Tyler) Fambrough (SOA), I have been talking to him. He is a young guy; he came from Tulane. He has been talking to me about their style of offense. They do a lot of the same stuff we do. I feel that I would fit in really well there.”
College coaches will be heading to Choctawhatchee this spring to see Winslette throw. Among the expected includes FIU, FAU, Troy, Southern Miss, Navy, and Rice. Some of those same squads will get one-on-one camp time with Winslette this summer.
“I am for sure going to FAU and FIU at the beginning of June,” Winslette said. “In late in July, there is a 7-on-7 event at North Alabama I’m going to and I am also going to FSU’s mega camp. I am trying to keep my schedule open. I know there are more schools coming this spring. If they invite me to camp, I want to go to it.”
Preparation for spring practices and summer camps is ongoing.
“I am really pounding the classroom,” Winslette shared. “I went to a passing clinic in Indy, they did a lot of white board stuff with work on reading defenses. That same weekend was at the NFL Draft; I got to see that as well.
“My personal trainer, David Morris, he’s one of the best in the business with mechanics. If I stick with what he’s taught me over the last eight years now, I will be good. I am working on increasing my footspeed. The main thing I am working on is more velocity when throwing the ball.”
Winslette wanted to give a shoutout to his Indians receivers, tight ends, running backs, and offensive linemen.
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