Five-star cornerback Travis Hunter, a top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2022, jilted Florida State and signed with Jackson State on Wednesday.
Jackson State, an HBCU program that competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, is coached by Seminoles great and Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders.
Wednesday was the first day of the early signing period.
“Florida State has always been a beacon for me,” Hunter wrote in a post on Twitter. “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.
“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. 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.”
— Travis Hunter (@TravisHunterJr) December 15, 2021
Hunter, from Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga., verbally committed to the Seminoles in March 2020. He is ranked No. 1 overall by the 247Sports composite.
He is ranked No. 2 by ESPN, making him the highest-rated player to sign with a Football Championship Subdivision program since ESPN started its rankings in 2006.
Sanders starred at Florida State from 1985-88 before playing 14 seasons in the NFL.
Sanders became the head coach at Jackson State in September 2020. This season, he guided the Tigers (11-1, 8-0 SWAC) to their first conference championship since 2007. They meet South Carolina State (6-5) in the FCS playoffs on Saturday.
“I look forward to working with the iconic Deion Sanders, and especially with my fellow Tigers,” Hunter wrote. “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.”
While the news of Hunter’s signing led to jubilation at Jackson State, it was the beginning of a bad day at Florida State.
Four-star wide receiver Devaughn Mortimer, who committed to the Seminoles in March, also decommitted and signed with Louisville instead.
–Field Level Media
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