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The Steal Of The Century? Jackson State And Coach Prime Takes Country's No. 1 High School Football Player


This season, the Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders era stunned HBCU football. Today, on National Signing Day, Coach Prime and Jackson State shocked the world. Jackson State University confirmed the signing of Travis Hunter, the No. 1 overall prospect in the high school football Class of 2022, pulling an all-time upset perhaps in the history of football recruiting . Jackson State successfully tractor-beamed Hunter away from several NCAA Division I schools, including Florida State, where he had verbally committed in March 2020 and which is also – ironically – Sanders’ alma mater. Georgia and Florida also thought they had their hooks on Hunter. "This is the biggest signing day moment in the history of college football," said Steve Wiltfong, director of national recruiting for 247Sports, Hunter, 6 ft. 1 in., 180 pounds, was projected to play cornerback if he had gone to Florida State, but going to Jackson State may change some things. In another strong irony, Hunter excelled playing both offense and defense, something Sanders achieved while playing in the NFL. It may be a case of the fruit falling not far from the tree. "I feel like I'm the best guy in the class," Hunter said after announcing his decision. "I feel like I can do anything you need me to do. I can impact a team in multiple ways, by playing offense and defense. "I think I'll be the best to ever do it, the best to play two ways." Hunter just last weekend led his high school Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill High School, to a state championship. Noire will have more news on the overall football recruiting results and the coaching shakeups in SWAC and HBCU.

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