Wednesday was early signing for the class of 2022 in college football and it may have been the wildest signing day in the history of the sport. Not only did teams like Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Michigan have big day in terms of landing prospects, but the college football world was sent into a state of shock when the No. 1 player in the class according to 247Sports Composite player rankings, Travis Hunter, flipped his commitment from Florida State to FCS Jackson State. The move sent college football fans into a tizzy and began speculation about what led to the move from the extremely talented defensive back from Suwanee, GA.
A short time after flipping his commitment, rumors started to surface about a deal between Hunter and Barstool Sports that would total $1.5 million for him to play football for Deion Sanders and the Tigers. Tom Lemming, recruiting analyst for CBS Sports Network joined the Mac Attack earlier this morning and talked about the move. “It is surprising that he would go to Jackson State. If the Barstool people had a lot to do with it, talking to him about money before he signed, that could be a problem down the line.”
Lemming thinks this is something, though, that college football will have to deal with going forward and that there is a chance that it could cause some problems along the way in terms of cheating. “According to the rules, it is illegal to talk about how much you are going to give the players, but they’ve been breaking rules for the 110 years, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they are, under the table, telling these players we’re going to give you money and the players are jumping at it. I think it could be a bad thing because when there is competition for recruits, there is going to be cheating and I think this would leave it wide open for a lot of cheating to go on more so than it has been in the past.”