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Former #1 recruit Travis Hunter is committed to playing with Deion Sanders at Colorado

Former #1 recruit Travis Hunter is committed to playing with Deion Sanders at Colorado

Travis Hunter follows Deion Sanders to Colorado.

The hunter was it No. 1 recruit of the Class of 2022 who reneged on Florida State’s commitment to play Sanders at Jackson State. Now that Sanders has left JSU for Colorado, Hunter announced Wednesday night that he’ll be joining his head coach in Boulder.

“I made a commitment to coach Prime at Jackson State when he was there and I want to honor my commitment and stay with him.” said the fisherman In a video he posted on his YouTube channel. “I felt like I learned a lot with him at Jackson State, so I will stay with him so I can keep flying, keep showing love, keep working so I can get to the next level.”

Hunter put his name into the teleportation gate Sunday, the day after Jackson State’s season ended with a loss to NC Central in the Celebration Bowl. Hunter’s primary position was cornerback, but he also caught four passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Hunter finished his freshman season with 20 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions as a defensive back and 18 catches for 188 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver.

Travis Hunter, who was pictured scoring his second goal in celebration Saturday, follows Deion Sanders to Boulder. (AP Photo/Hakim Wright Sr.)

After putting his name in the gate, Hunter said following Sanders to Colorado was something he’d been considering, but he also wanted to weigh all of his options. Hunter is from Suwanee, Georgia, and the reigning national champion Georgia Bulldogs were a program rumored to be in pursuit of. Others have also been mentioned, such as USC and Miami.

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With the opening of the early signing period on Wednesday, Sanders and his staff have added a slew of new players to the program — from the high school ranks and from the transfer portal. A few of Hunter’s Jackson State teammates have already signed with CU, including quarterback Shadeur Sanders (son of Deion) and offensive lineman Tyler Brown.

JSU has seen a massive exodus of players to the transfer gate, so there may be others who follow suit.

Colorado went 1-11 in 2022, so Sanders has to do work from a roster-building perspective if he wants to make a competitive Pac-12 team next fall. Adding a player like Hunter would certainly help his cause.