May 22, 2022

Deion flips No. 2 recruit from FSU to Jackson St.

Cornerback Travis Hunter, the No. 2-ranked recruit within the nation, flipped his dedication from Florida State to Jackson State on Wednesday to change into the primary five-star highschool soccer prospect to signal with an FCS group since ESPN began its rankings in 2006.

Jackson State coach Deion Sanders, a Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame defensive again, teased earlier than the beginning of the early signing interval that he was going to drag off one thing historic, and now Sanders has pulled away a five-star defensive again from his alma mater.

Hunter, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound prospect from Collins Excessive Faculty in Suwanee, Georgia, had been dedicated to Florida State since March 2020.

“Florida State has all the time been a beacon for me,” Hunter stated in his Twitter put up Wednesday. “I grew up down there, that is the place my roots are, and I by no means doubted that I’d play for the Seminoles.

“It is a dream that’s onerous to let go of, however typically we’re referred to as to step into a much bigger future than the one we imagined for ourselves. For me, that future is at Jackson State College.”

At his signing ceremony, Hunter had three baseball caps on the desk in entrance of him as he ready to make his announcement: Florida State, Auburn and Georgia.

He tossed them off the stage one-by-one and unzipped his sweatshirt to disclose a T-shirt that learn Consider. He then caught a Jackson State cap — with a darkish blue J on a white background — that was tossed to him from the group and put that on.

A longtime member of the Southwestern Athletic Convention, Jackson State gained its first SWAC title since 2007 final month.

Hunter had taken visits to Georgia throughout his recruiting course of, sparking reviews that he would possibly flip to the Bulldogs. Hunter shot these rumors down, saying on social media that he was a Seminole and was not decommitting in October.

Hunter then took a go to to Jackson State in November to see the group defeat Alcorn State.

“Traditionally Black Faculties and Universities have a wealthy historical past in soccer,” Hunter stated in his put up. “I need to be a part of that historical past, and extra, I need to be a part of that future. I’m making this choice in order that I can gentle the way in which for others to observe, make it slightly simpler for the following participant to acknowledge that HBCUs could also be every part you need and extra.”

Sanders signed his son, quarterback Shedeur Sanders, who was an ESPN 300 recruit within the 2021 class, together with ESPN 300 prospects Katron Evans, Quaydarius Davis and Trevonte Rucker.

On the time, Shedeur Sanders was the highest-ranked commit Jackson State had signed, however Hunter now takes that spot.

The Related Press contributed to this report.