We already know that Deion Sanders and Jackson State football struck gold with Travis Hunter. But could that transcendent talent translate on the hardwood as well as the field in the Magnolia State?
Hunter says he’s interested in playing basketball in addition to football at Jackson State.
“I’d be playing basketball in college,” Hunter told 247 Sports earlier this week ahead of the Polynesian Bowl when asked what he would be doing if he wasn’t going to play football at JSU. When pressed, he said that he might try.
While he’s a five star prospect on the football field, Hunter is a solid basketball recruit as well. And he wouldn’t be the only JSU football player pulling double-duty in Jackson. Wide receiver Malachi Wideman is starting to make an impact for JSU hoops as well.
Here’s what Travis Hunter had to say about some other subjects in his interview.
Travis Hunter on Offense vs. Defense
A lot of people say I’m better as a receiver, just because I can get open. But pretty much, I model my game as a defensive player. Because if I know what I’m doing on offense, that’ll help me on my defensive skill set. So I pretty much think I want to be a defensive player.
Why Travis Hunter chose an HBCU
I have little brothers and little sisters I have little cousins that — they’re not as good as me in football. So pretty much, I want to light that path for an HBCU for them too.
What peopel are saying about his decision
A lot of people congratulate me, telling me I made the best move in football history. I got the negativity, but because of who I am, I ain’t gonna pay attention to it.
The ignored legacy of HBCU standouts
It just doesn’t get talked about much. Just like what happened with me. I had to bring the light back to it. But now it’s dying down again. Pretty much, we’re going to have a couple more players to keep the light on.