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Florida State 5-star commit Travis Hunter takes surprise visit

Jeremy Crabtreeby:Jeremy Crabtree10/02/21

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Five-star athlete Travis Hunter has remained steadfast with his longtime commitment to Florida State. However, we could be seeing the first signs the five-star from Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill isn’t as solid with his pledge as previously indicated.

DawgsHQ on the On3 network has confirmed Hunter is at Georgia this weekend for an unofficial visit with the Bulldogs for their top-10 matchup against Arkansas.

With Florida State’s struggles out of the gate, rival coaches have been attempting to change the mind of many of the Seminoles top commitments, especially Hunter.

During an Instagram Live a couple of hours after Florida State lost Wake Forest, Hunter told fans to not believe any rumors that he’s wavering on his pledge.

“I’m not going nowhere, bro,” Hunter said. “Don’t let them boys fool y’all. I’m committed. I’m staying committed.”

Hunter has been committed to the Seminoles since March 2020. He took an official visit to FSU on Sept. 5. He was on campus again when the Noles lost to Jacksonville State. Hunter also was on campus two other times in July.

Yet, many national recruiting observers and Florida State fans have been speculating Hunter could be looking around at other schools. It’s true that Hunter could go to about any school in the country he wants – he’s that talented – and the visit this weekend to Georgia is the first real sign there could be trouble lurking for the Seminoles.

Before showing up on campus at Georgia, Hunter had given no indication he was going to take other visits. Georgia was one of more than 15 schools that had offered him before his commitment in March 2020. Alabama, Auburn and Clemson were also high on his list at the time.

Travis Hunter injured Friday night

It’s been an eventful 24 hours for Travis Hunter. The nation’s second-ranked player left Friday night’s game with an apparent leg injury.

Hunter tweeted out a photo from the back of the ambulance with the caption: “I’m gone be ok say a quick prayer for me.”

Hunter’s head coach, Lenny Gregory, told the Gwinnett Daily Post following the game that his star player did not need surgery.

“We don’t think it’s a season-ending thing,” Gregory told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “We’re praying for good news obviously and I think, from everything we’re hearing, he’s going to be just fine.”

Hunter off to great start in 2021

Through Collins Hill’s first five games of the 2021 season, Hunter amassed 43 catches for 673 yards and five touchdowns on offense. He also has 16 tackles and two interceptions, one of which went for a touchdown, on defense.

Here’s what On3’s Director of Scouting Charles Power had to say on Travis Hunter’s start to his senior season.

“Travis Hunter is the most impactful non-quarterback in high school football,” Power said. “He has truly elite ball skills with a huge catch radius. Hunter makes use of that ability as a receiver and defensive back. In watching a bunch of his games over the past year, it’s a question of when, not if Hunter makes a huge play. The competitiveness and stamina to never come off the field is also very impressive. He took a big shot to his lower body on one catch and run but stayed on the field and was a lead blocker on a touchdown the very next play.”

Power continued.

“Hunter is a rare prospect in that he is a legitimate five-star on either side of the ball at wide receiver and cornerback,” he said. “The production on Friday nights is off the charts. He had over 1,700 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns to go with eight interceptions in 2020.  He might out-do himself this year if the first game is any indication.”