Stunning: Nation’s top recruit backs off FSU, signs with Jackson State

Travis Hunter always said he was coming to Florida State and to not believe the Georgia rumors. But in swept a stunner: The nation’s top recruit would sign with former Seminole Deion Sanders and Jackson State.

Hunter had been the cornerstone of FSU’s 2022 class and helped the Seminoles land top prospects. It is one of the biggest signing day flips in decades as well as likely one of the most significant in college football.

There are multiple reports that Hunter has lined up a multi-million dollar NIL deal although those have not yet been confirmed.

FSU indeed signed five-star defensive back Sam McCall as part of what may still be a top-25 class. But it’s far less impressive with Hunter’s decision, coupled with Julian Armella’s decision to put off signing until February.

By lunchtime on Wednesday, FSU had signed 11 prospects — led by McCall being the first in at 7:11 a.m.

He was followed by defensive end Aaron Hester, defensive tackle Daniel Lyons, running back Rodney Hill, tight ends Brian Courtney and Jerrale Powers, and a quartet of offensive linemen: Qae’shon Sapp, Daughtry Richardson, Kanaya Charlton and Jaylen Early.

The Seminoles also added defensive end Dante Anderson, who could be a walk-on.

Offensive tackle target Julian Armella is now expected to sign in February.

The Osceola staff will have live updates throughout the day and analysis of signees on the Osceola’s message board