For weeks now, Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders has been telling potential recruits that Jackson State is the place to be.
All y’all that’s in that Portal or thinking about jumping in there “ I AIN’T HARD TO FIND. #CoachPrime #COTY @GoJSUTigersFB are u SMART,TOUGH,FAST,DISCIPLINE with CHARACTER! If u don’t have that God bless u.
— COACH PRIME (@DeionSanders) December 13, 2021
One day after being named Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year, Sanders has flipped the nation’s No.2 overall recruit (class of 2022) in Travis Hunter, a long-hard Florida State University commit. Ironically, the school is also Sanders’ alma mater.
Hunter is an athletic specimen who plays both cornerback and wide receiver. Scouts have likened him to Pro Football Hall of Famer Charles Woodson for his unique two-way ability. Deion Sanders, who also had the skills to play on the offensive side of the ball, can appreciate Hunter’s versatility as well as anyone.
— Travis Hunter (@TravisHunterJr) December 15, 2021
Hunter Shocked Everyone By Choosing Jackson State
Since March 2020, Hunter had been adamant about his commitment to the Seminoles. In October, he did an interview reaffirming his commitment to what he called his “forever dream school.”
— Travis Hunter (@TravisHunterJr) October 15, 2021
Hunter wants to play both receiver and cornerback and the belief is Coach Prime is willing to play him in both places. Adding another weapon for son Shedeur and the Tigers offense and a lockdown corner on defense. Hunter says he can’t wait to play for Coach Prime and the Tigers.
“I look forward to working with the iconic Deion Sanders, and especially along with my fellow Tigers. Along with Coach Prime, they have made me feel like I’m already a part of the team. Like I’m home. And I can’t wait to welcome the next class of top athletes into the family of HBCUs.”
As early as Wednesday morning it was reported that Sanders and the Tigers had a shot at flipping Hunter. Prior to boarding the plane to Atlanta where JSU is playing in its first Celebration Bowl, Deion said this “Let’s see what happens.”
Earlier Wednesday morning, Hunter tweeted the following: “Time To Make History.”
Hunter Possesses Generational Talent Skills: Charles Woodson Like
During his prep career, Hunter put up more than 3,600 receiving yards, 46 touchdown catches and 19 interceptions. A long, lean corner who can play in any system, he’ll be a difference maker from the moment he steps on campus.
Hunter said this on his decision to choose JSU over FSU: “Florida State has always been a beacon for me. I grew up down there, that’s where my roots are, and I never doubted that I would play for the Seminoles. It’s a dream that is hard to let go of, but sometimes we are called to step into a bigger future than the one we imagined for ourselves. For me that future is at Jackson State University.”
History in the making as Travis Hunter looks to set the trend for top-ranked players to attend and play college football at HBCUs
The “Coach Prime Formula” is continuing to matriculate. With his team winning the SWAC and now playing for another championship, he and the Tigers just won another off the field.
They may even surpass last year’s 55th- ranked recruiting class. The team still has until Friday during the Early Signing Period to add talent and then on Feb. 2, the Tigers can add more.
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