After hours of rumors were circulating on social media this morning, it’s official. Travis Hunter, the #1 recruit in the nation, has flipped his commitment from Florida State to Jackson State. This unprecedented move has created a shockwave over all of college football, as we have never seen a prospect like Travis Hunter flip to an HBCU. This is a move that creates history for Hunter and all HBCU’s like Jackson State be able to get players of this caliber.
Who is Travis Hunter?
Hunter has been the #1 recruit in the nation for quite awhile now. A two-way player that projects to be a CB in college and beyond, he is an outstanding prospect.
Andrew Ivins of 247sports.com Report:
“A generational type of talent. Legitimately CB1 and WR1 for the class of 2022. Makes everything he does look extremely easy. Smooth. Explosive. Competitive. At times it seems like he’s almost a human cheat code as he’s always making the highlight reel play at the right time. Video game numbers during prep career (over 3,600 receiving yards, 46 touchdowns catches and 19 interceptions) make him seem even more godly. Hasn’t tested anywhere, but he’s one of those prospects that doesn’t need to run on the lasers to verify anything as his play speed trumps others.
Quick to read and react on the defensive side of the ball. Likes to bait quarterbacks into making poor decisions. Elite ball skills and ability to elevate over other players helps him take away throwing windows. Shifty footwork makes him difficult to cover when he’s on offense. Mixes gears well and is able to shake defensive backs with crisp little cuts. Not afraid to lay out or get his jersey dirty, either.
Will eventually need to add some body armor to a rather wiry frame that appears to be pushing 6-foot-1 as that will help him make stops in the ally or block out on the perimeter. Has the tools to be a difference maker the second he steps foot on the college campus of his choice. Viewed by most recruiters and scouts as cornerback longterm, but offensive coaches are likely going to be trying to get him some burn at wide receiver in situational packages. Should work his way onto the two-deep as a freshman and then blossom into an impact player and potential All-American. Will play on Sundays if there are no set backs and has a chance to be selected Day 1 of the NFL Draft if he keeps progressing.”
No matter what school Hunter attended, he was always going to make a name for himself. We are talking about a player who is elite on both sides and has drawn comparisons to Charles Woodson. Those type of comparisons aren’t just thrown around for everyone, and that’s why Hunter is such a special player.
What does this mean for Jackson State?
Everything. Not only does this impact Jackson State but this impacts HBCU’s as a whole. We’ve seen on the basketball side of things, high profile prospects such as Makur Maker, Mikey Williams, etc all entertain schools like Howard or North Carolina A&T. Now, Travis Hunter on the football side of things commit to an HBCU and actually following through with it. This is a player that’s committing to an HBCU, fulfilling his trust in a coach like Deion and trusting him to get him to the NFL.
In the end, this is an outstanding move for Hunter and should be applauded. We’ve seen athletes in the past not even consider HBCU’s due to their lack of popularity and so forth. Now, Hunter has given his commitment to Jackson State and given them and other HBCU’s the recognition they deserve.