Report: Details emerge on situation leading to Travis Hunter's flip to Jackson State

On3 imageby:Nick Schultz12/15/21


Travis Hunter’s flip from Florida State to Jackson State was the talk of college football on Wednesday. More details are now coming out about the mane, image and likeness deals that came with his commitment.

Hunter, the No. 1 recruit from the Class of 2022, announced his flip on Wednesday — National Signing Day. Rumors also swirled that he signed a name, image and likeness deal as part of his commitment.

That deal was apparently with Barstool Sports, worth $1.5 million. However, Front Office Sports’ Amanda Christovich reported Wednesday afternoon that those rumors were false.

On3’s initial NIL Valuation for Hunter is $870,000. Hunter is one of the highest-touted prospects from the Class of 2022 and comes in as the No. 1 recruit according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He’s also one of four Five Star Plus+ recruits, meaning he’s one of the only players ranked by all four major recruiting media companies as a five-star.

It’s a huge victory for Jackson State coach Deion Sanders, who, ironically, played at Florida State. The Tigers went 11-1 this season and Sanders earned FCS Coach of the Year honors.

Jackson State is getting ready to take on South Carolina State in the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 18.

Deion Sanders flips five-star Travis Hunter from Florida State

Deion Sanders is making history at Jackson State. Five-Star Plus+ Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill athlete Travis Hunter is going to be joining Sanders — the five-star recruit making history by flipping from Florida State to Jackson State.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, Florida State has been informed of Hunter’s decision.

“A source said that FSU has been informed that Hunter is heading to Jackson State,” tweeted Thamel.

Moreover, On3’s Chad Simmons confirmed the report, agreeing that Hunter to join Sanders at Jackson State is a go.

Hunter is a star — named No. 1 overall prospect in the 2022 class, according to the On3 Consensus. Every major outlet has Hunter as the premier recruit of his class, as On3 Consensus is a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

Prior to National Signing Day, Hunter was committed to Florida State as far back as March 2020. Moreover, the star recruit resisted urges to flip in the past — but playing for Deion Sanders at Jackson State was too much to resist. 

On Wednesday morning, Hunter tweeted “Time to Make History #GodBlessing.” With his change of heart, Deion Sanders and Travis Hunter are doing just that.