Jackson State University was once known as the alma mater of the great Walter Payton. A Hall of Famer with an iconic career started his football journey at the small HBCU down in Jackson, Mississippi. The university has now be revolutionized by another Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders. He joined the school as the Head Coach back in 2020, and since Coach Prime took the helm, the Tigers have seen some great successes. In two seasons, they have boasted a 15-4 record, they recently won the SWAC Championship for the first time since 2007, they'll play in the Cricket Celebration Bowl this weekend, and they now have landed the No.1 CFB recruit from the Class of 2022.
Back in August, Sports Illustrated award Travis Hunter as the No.1 overall college football recruit for the class of 2022. A highly talented two way player (WR and CB) from Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill High School, he was getting compared to Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey, and Deion Sanders. His numbers are eye popping, putting up Madden statistics with over 3,600 receiving yards, 46 touchdowns catches and 19 interceptions in his career.
He was originally committed to FSU for almost two years. Now, word broke out today that he is flipping to another southern school, Jackson State University. Florida State is a powerhouse program in the ACC, claiming the National Title in 2013. They have produced high level NFL players including Jameis Winston, Dalvin Cook, Anquan Bolden, Jalen Ramsey, Xavier Rhodes, Sebastian Janikowski, Cam Akers, Derwin James, and ironically, Deion Sanders. This is a major blow to Coach Mike Norvell and the Seminoles.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog on how influential a coach like Deion Sanders is. Landing a player like Hunter, and making him flip from FSU speaks volumes of what is being built by Coach Prime. Led by his two sons Sheduer and Shilo, linebackers Nyles Gaddy and Abdul-Malik McClain, four star receivers Quaydarius Davi and Trevonte Rucker, former top JUCO prospect defensive back De’Jahn Warren, and now Travis Hunter, don't sleep on the JSU Tigers.