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Jameis Winston Declares for NFL Draft

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has declared for this year's NFL draft.

Winston's father, Antonor, said on Tuesday that a timetable for the announcement would be after Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship, but that was short lived.

Winston was still on the fence as of Tuesday and many thought he'd return to Florida State, but Antonor told ESPN's David M. Hale that his son made a firm decision late Tuesday night.

"After weighing this decision with my family and friends, I have decided to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft and forgo my remaining eligibility at Florida State," Winston said in the statement released by The Legacy Agency, who will represent him. "I reached this very difficult decision after careful consideration and long thought, realizing how difficult it would be to say goodbye to my family at Florida State. I am eternally grateful for the opportunity to wear the garnet and gold and have greatly enjoyed my time as a Seminole, both as an athlete and a student in the classroom."

The Tampa Bay Buccaners have the first pick in this year's draft.

Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith told's Gil Arcia that he was "extremely impressed" by Winston's performance, even in the blowout loss to Oregon in the Rose Bowl, but is not convinced about his ability.

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