Cornerback Travis Hunter, the No. 2-positioned select in the nation, flipped his responsibility from Florida State to Jackson State on Wednesday to turn into the initial five-star secondary school football prospect to sign with an FCS group since ESPN began its rankings in 2006.
Jackson State mentor Deion Sanders, a Pro Football Hall of Fame cautious back, prodded before the beginning of the early marking time frame that he planned to pull off something notable, and presently Sanders has pulled away from post-Wednesday a five-star protective back from his institute of matriculation.
Tracker, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound prospect from Collins High School in Suwanee, Georgia, had been focused on Florida State since March 2020.
Travis Hunter, the number one college football
"Florida State has forever been a reference point for me," Hunter said in his Twitter post-Wednesday. "I grew up down there, that is the place where my underlying foundations are, and I never questioned that I would play for the Seminoles.
"It's a fantasy that is difficult to relinquish, however now and again we are called to venture into a greater future than the one we envisioned for ourselves. As far as I might be concerned, that future is at Jackson State University."
At his marking function, Hunter had three baseball covers on the table before him as he arranged to make his declaration: Florida State, Auburn, and Georgia.
He threw them off the stage individually and unfastened his pullover to uncover a T-shirt that reads Believe. He then, at that point, gotten a Jackson State cap - - with a dim blue J on a white foundation - - that was thrown to him from the group and put that on.
A long-term individual from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Jackson State won its first SWAC title beginning around 2007 last month.
Tracker had taken visits to Georgia during his selecting cycle, starting reports that he may flip to the Bulldogs. Tracker killed those tales, saying via web-based media that he was a Seminole and was not decommitting in October.
The tracker then, at that point, took a visit to Jackson State in November to see the group rout Alcorn State.
"Generally Black Colleges and Universities have a rich history in football," Hunter said in his post. "I need to be essential for that set of experiences, and the sky is the limit from there, I need to be important for that future. I'm settling on this choice so I can light the way for others to follow, make it somewhat simpler for the following player to perceive that HBCUs might be all that you need and then some."
Travis Hunter, country's No. 1 possibility
Sanders marked his child, quarterback Shedeur Sanders, who was an ESPN 300 enroll in the 2021 class, alongside ESPN 300 possibilities Katron Evans, Quaydarius Davis, and Trevonte Rucker.
At that point, Shedeur Sanders was the most elevated positioned submit Jackson State had marked, however, Hunter presently takes that spot.
Deion Sanders' effect on Jackson State, and HBCU football overall, arrived at another level on Wednesday as the country's No. 1-positioned enroll, Travis Hunter, endorsed the Tigers.
Tracker, who plays a similar cornerback position at which Sanders dominated, scorned Florida State, where Sanders was a double-cross agreement All-American. In the wild universe of school football enlisting, it was a great shocker of an agitated for an ability of Hunter's type to pass on the assets and openness accessible at a Power Five program like Florida State for an HBCU.
"[Playing for FSU] is a fantasy that is difficult to relinquish, yet some of the time we are called to venture into a greater future than the one we envisioned for ourselves. As far as I might be concerned, that future is at Jackson State University," Hunter wrote in an assertion. "Jerry Rice, Doug Williams, and obviously the legend, JSU's own Walter Payton - - Historically Black Colleges and Universities have a rich history in football. I need to be essential for that set of experiences, and then some, I need to be important for that future. I'm settling on this choice so I can light the way for others to follow, make it somewhat more straightforward for the following player to perceive that HBCUs might be all that you need and the sky is the limit from there."
Tracker is positioned as the No. 1 generally enroll in the country by Rivals.com. He played at Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill High, and drew grant offers from top projects like Alabama, Georgia, and Clemson. Additionally a capable wide beneficiary, Hunter caught four passes as a senior at Collins Hill and arranged 1,128 getting yards. He had been verbally dedicated to the Seminoles and made an authority visit to the FSU grounds in September. Wednesday was the beginning of the NCAA's initial marking time frame for secondary school initiates. Recently, JSU (11-1) crushed Prairie View A&M, 27-10, for the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship.
Anders, a previous NFL Network investigator, will finish his second season as JSU's mentor in the Celebration Bowl on Saturday against South Carolina State. The Pro Football Hall of Famer and eight-time Pro Bowler has carried another degree of acknowledgment to HBCU football in taking the Jackson State work, with participation at the Jackson (Miss.) school spiking to a normal of 42,293. The football program made a $30 million monetary effect on Jackson (Miss.) this season, as indicated by Visit Jackson.