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Nation’s No. 1 Overall Recruit Flips Commitment From Florida State To Jackson State On Early Signing Day

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College football’s Early Signing Day never disappoints, and this year delivers yet another shocking announcement. Travis Hunter, the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit, has flipped his over year-long commitment from Florida State to… Jackson State.

Yes, Jackson State, the HBCU and FCS school coached by none other than Deion Sanders. Yes, “Coach Prime,” whose jersey is retired at Florida State. The guy whom Hunter grew up idolizing and the main reason he committed to Florida State originally.

Hunter made the switch official during a press conference on Wednesday and then confirmed it on Twitter.

“Jerry Rice, Doug Williams, and of course the legend, JSU’s own Walter Payton — Historically Black Colleges and Universities have a rich history in football,” Hunter said. “I want to be part of that history, and more, I want to be part of that future. I am making this decision so that I can light the way for others to follow, make it a little easier for the next player to recognize that HBCU’s may be everything you want and more: an exciting college experience, a vital community, and a life-changing place to play football.

“I look forward to working with the iconic Deion Sanders, and especially with my fellow Tigers. Along with Coach Prime, they have made me feel like I’m already 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 HBCU’s.”

Hunter is a 6-foot-1, 165-pound cornerback out of Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Georgia. Hunter had offers from Georgia and Auburn among others.

247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong first alarmed Seminoles fans when he reported Wednesday morning that there was a possibility for Hunter to flip. Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel dealt the final blow when he reported that the school had been informed that Hunter was heading to Jackson State.

The growing use of Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) certainly played a role in Hunter’s commitment. According to BeanInvest, Barstool Sports and Penn National Gaming reached a deal with Hunter rumored to be in the millions. Sanders notably left NFL Network in Aug. 2020 to join Barstool Sports.

To his credit, Sanders called his shot on Tuesday’s edition of Barstool Sports’ The Pro Football Football Show.

Hunter’s commitment to Florida State could have been a program changer for a team that has suffered back-to-back losing seasons under head coach Mike Norvell. That all seems undone now, as does Florida State’s recruiting class, which ranked No. 12 with Hunter’s commitment, per 247Sports.

Jackson State, meanwhile, is coming off an 11-1 season and a SWAC Conference Championship.

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Written by Nick Geddes

Nick is a 2021 graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Nick is a life-long sports fan who is proud to say he suffered through 15 years of Bucs futility to witness a Super Bowl victory in 2020. Nick has a passion for writing and is proud to represent OutKick. Follow me on Twitter @NickGeddesNews and on Instagram @nick.geddes.

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  1. Geezus. This is why I don’t follow college recruiting closely. Check on signing day and after the fact to see who’s in your signing class and keep it pushing. “Committed” means dick and even after these players sign the transfer portal is a gimmick.

  2. Sounds like this dude was afraid of real competition so he’s copping out and going to play against FCS kids instead. Now 100% of his NFL potential will have to be speculation and projection against higher caliber players. Just cost himself millions probably.

    • Meh. Transfer portal is a game changer. I’d be surprised if buddy plays out all 3 years at JSU. I’d be willing to bet dude plays a couple years at JSU and transfers to a contender for his final year.

      Look at the QB who went to Ohio St. Reclassified to 2020 and spent what would have been his HS senior year at OSU. I don’t think he took a single snap, made buku cash, and has already bailed.

      College football is a mess right now. Need to shitcan the NCAA and get a commish to lay some groundwork.

  3. In the past, this would be a bone headed move, committing to a coach and not a program. Now, if Coach Prime leaves, he can just leave and not have to sit out a year. It will be interesting to see where his marquee signees eventually get drafted to see if he can sustain this, or he goes to FSU next year and it becomes moot…..

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