Jameis Winston's accuser claims she didn't realize the man who (allegedly) raped her was the Florida State QB until she HAD A CLASS WITH HIM the following semester ... so says one of her closet friends.
As we previously reported, the accuser told cops she didn't know the identity of her alleged assailant immediately following the Dec. 2012 incident ... only that he was an FSU football player.
But last month, the accuser's good friend and confidant Monique Kessler told investigators (under oath) that the accuser connected the dots when she went back to school the semester following the incident.
According to Monique, "[The accuser] went to one of her classes and she made direct eye contact with [Jameis], and he looked in shock, and so did she."
Monique says, "She said she just knew right then it was him – and listened for them to call roll in class. [She] listened to him say [his name]."
After that ... the accuser says she went back to police and fingered Jameis as the man who raped her. She dropped out of school a short time later.
Ultimately, Winston was never charged with a crime -- when investigators decided they didn't have enough evidence to get a conviction.