COLLEGE RECRUITING

2021 College Football National Signing Day notables

The No. 1 high school football recruit in the country pulled a signing day shocker om National Signing Day, deciding to attend Jackson State and play for coach Deion Sanders after being verbally committed to Florida State for months.
Travis Hunter, a cornerback from Suwanee, Georgia, made the unprecedented announcement during a ceremony at Collins Hill High School. Hunter was the top prospect in the country in 247 Sports' composite rankings, which take into account its own ratings plus those of other major recruiting websites.
Sanders is a former Florida State star and Pro Football Hall of Famer who is in his second year coaching Jackson State, a historically black college in Jackson, Mississippi.
At his signing ceremony, Hunter had three baseball caps on the table in front of him as he prepared to make his announcement: Florida State, Auburn and Georgia.
He tossed them off the stage one-by-one and unzipped his sweatshirt to reveal a T-shirt that read Believe. He then caught a Jackson State cap - with a dark blue J on a white background - that was tossed to him from the crowd and put that on.
"I got a one in lifetime chance to play for one of the greats," Hunter told WXIA-TV in Atlanta after making his announcement. "I got a chance to make a change in history."
Since the evaluation and rating of high school recruits started to take off in the late 1990s and early 2000s, no player as highly regarded as Hunter has ever signed a scholarship out of high school with an HBCU such as Jackson State.
Top 100 players rarely sign outside the traditional college football power programs that play in the strongest conferences such as the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten.
Jackson State competes at a level several rungs below those conferences in the second tier of NCAA Division I football, the Championship Subdivision. Schools like Jackson State rarely if ever sign three-star players. Hunter is one of several dozen five-star prospects in the 2022 recruiting class.
A longtime member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, Jackson State won its first SWAC title since 2007 last month.
`We're going to shock the country," Sanders said Tuesday, the eve of the opening of the early signing period, on Barstool Sports' "Unnecessary Roughness" podcast. Sanders has his own podcast on Barstool, "21st and Prime," and is a regular contributor to the company's most popular show, "Pardon My Take."
Hunter had been expected to sign with Florida State as college football's early signing period opened on Wednesday. He had given a non-binding verbal commitment to FSU in March and was considered the centerpiece of what the Seminoles hoped to be a recruiting class that would turn around the fortunes of a struggling superpower.
Florida State has won three national championships, most recently in 2013, but the program has fallen on hard times recently, with four straight losing seasons under two coaches.
"We've had 14 great young men that have joined our program today," Florida State coach Mike Norvell told reporters at his signing day news conference. "That's going to be our focus."

Other highly rated prospects signing on the line include:

Class of 2022 5 star QB Cade Klubnik signs with Clemson

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Class of 2022 5 star CB Will Johnson Signs With Michigan

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Class of 2022 5 star DL Anthony Lucas signs with Texas A&M

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Class of 2022 5 star OT Kiyaunta Goodwin signs with Kentucky

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Class of 2022 4 star QB Katin Houser signs with Michigan State

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Class of 2022 4 star WR Shazz Preston commits to Alabama

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Class of 2022 4 star WR Darrius Clemons commits to Michigan

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Class of 2022 4 star TE Theodor Melin Ohrstrom signs with Texas A&M

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Class of 2022 4 star WR De'Nylon Morrissette signs with Georgia

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Class of 2022 4 star TE Jerry Cross signs with Penn State

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Class of 2022 4 star WR Matthew Golden signs with Houston

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Class of 2022 4 star QB Brady Allen Signs with Purdue

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Class of 2022 4 star RB Samuel Brown signs with Rutgers

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Class of 2022 4 star WR Shaleak Knotts signs with Maryland

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Class of 2022 4 star WR Armani Winfield commits to Baylor

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Class of 2022 4 star RB Jaydn Ott signs with California

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December 15, 2021




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