GCPS student is #1 HS football recruit



The number one prospect in high school football, Travis Hunter, has chosen what college he wants to attend. Allegedly, the Collins Hill star cornerback had originally committed to Florida State University in March of 2020. However, on his signing day in December of 2021, he decided to commit to Jackson State University. The historically black university has recently been seeing more popularity following the acquisition of Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders.
The Mississippi HBCU is the alma mater of NFL legend, Walter Payton, and has produced multiple NFL talents in its 110-year football history. The hiring of Coach Sanders has attracted a few big names coming out of the past few recruiting classes. The signees include Shedeur Sanders, who is the son of Coach Sanders and recently signed a multi-year deal with Gatorade, becoming the first HBCU athlete to do so. Other signees consist of De’Jahn Warren, the number one Cornerback recruit in 2021 who received offers from big SEC schools such as Georgia and Alabama, and Malachi Wideman, a wide receiver who is top 25 in the nation and transferred from Tennessee in 2021.
Signing to an HBCU is a somewhat rare occurrence for top high school recruits. Notable football players who have committed to HBCUs in the past include Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe, Michael Strahan, Walter Payton, Mel Blount, and Steve Mcnair. Many hope future recruits will follow in Hunter’s footsteps and look at more HBCUs rather than PWIs (Predominantly White Institutions). Hunter tallied a total of 116 total tackles, 19 interceptions, and three fumble recoveries over the course of his four-year high school career and won the 7A state championship in December. He will begin playing for Jackson State in the fall of 2022.
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