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Travis Hunter looks back on his historic decision to begin college career at Jackson State

On3 imageby:Sam Gillenwater07/27/23


Travis Hunter isn’t your typical top-ranked recruit. With several big-time programs coming after him out of high school, he made waves throughout the sport and culturally by electing to go to an FCS school, specifically an HBCU in the SWAC.

Still, although shocking many after flipping his commitment to Deion Sanders at Jackson State, he says he realized what he was doing. While speaking to RJ Young of FOX Sports on ‘The No. 1 College Football Show’, Hunter said more than one person told him he was doing a major thing with his decision.

“Not as soon as I thought of the idea. But, as it was going, yes, I did know what I was doing. I had a lot of people come up and tell me that I’m doing a great thing,” Hunter said at Pac-12 Media Days.

However, although the first five-star and top-ranked recruit was the first to go to a school that was in the DI Football Championship Subdivision, Hunter said that choice didn’t add any pressure to him considering he doesn’t ever feel any.

“I don’t feel no pressure to perform. That’s what I’m here to do, man. That’s what I like to do,” said Hunter.

Hunter saw action in a handful of games while in Mississippi. On defense, he posted 19 tackles, eight pass deflections, and a pair of interceptions with one going for a touchdown. Meanwhile, offensively, he caught 18 passes, four of which led to touchdowns, for 190 receiving yards.

His time with the Tigers was short-lived though. Hunter followed Sanders to Colorado this offseason as the No. 1 player from the transfer portal.

Everyone remembers Hunter’s flip from Florida State to Jackson State and what it signified. Now, as he heads to the Pac-12, among other conferences, he’ll try to be just as memorable as he gets his first taste of Power Five football.

Shedeur Sanders: Colorado will ‘be ready this fall’

Tens of thousands of fans flooded Folsom Field in April for Colorado‘s spring game. It’s safe to say the Buffs’ fanbase has been highly anticipating the debut of head coach Deion Sanders since the program hired him.

According to Coach Prime’s son, and Colorado starting quarterback Shedeur Sanders — he’s doing everything he can ahead of the 2023 season to give the fans the product they’ve been desperately craving for years.

“I would definitely say the details improved and the preparation of everything,” Sanders said during Saturday’s edition of CFB Live. “Going out there with a real purpose every day in practice. And knowing just details with the ball placement and everything like that. So I’ll say, overall, lifting and running, it’s the most I’ve ever done. I’m overpreparing for this season, making sure our team’s ready. We’ll be ready this fall.”