Deion Sanders Flips No.1 Recruit Travis Hunter to Jackson State UniversityBy Taylor Edwards
Dec. 16 2021, Published 11:23 a.m. ET
Travis Hunter sends the NCAA into shock with the most historic moment in college football recruitment.
On Wednesday the Suwanee, Georgia player, Travis Hunter, overturned his two-year verbal commitment to Florida State University on National Signing Day in a press conference at Collins Hill High School. The versatile wide receiver triples as a cornerback and defensive back. Travis Hunter is ranked No.1 overall by Rivals.com
In a packed crowd, Hunter shared “Everybody knows I’m committed to Florida State but…” before opening his jacket to unveil “I Believe”, a mantra for Jackson StateUniversity since Deion Sanders’ arrival.
Hunter took to Twitter regarding his decision:
Florida State has always been a beacon for me. I grew up down there. That’s where my roots are I never doubted that I’d 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 the 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 HBCUs 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 HBCUs.
The highest-ranking defensive back flipped his commitment from Florida State University to Jackson State University, leaving the Seminoles and over 10 top program offers on the table to join SWAC.
A Florida State University alumni himself, Deion Sanders was named 2021 SWAC Coach of the Year – bringing Hunter’s signing moment full circle.