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Shedeur Sanders says he knew Travis Hunter would commit to Jackson State after they made a Tik-Tok together

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Travis Hunter shocked the college football world when he tossed his Florida State hat away and unzipped his hoodie to reveal a Jackson State iBelieve T-shirt.

But the moment Shedeur Sanders realized that Jackson State would pull off the signing day surprise came during the making of a Tik-Tok video nearly a month before.

"The Tik-Tok. That's funny, I'm not a Tik-Tok guy, honestly. I made my own stuff. I don't do dances," Sanders said. "I'm not a dancer like that. So I was like hey man. He wanted to make a Tik-Tok. So I was like all right, if I make this Tik-Tok, you're going to commit right? And then we made it. So right then and there I knew he was coming to Jackson State."

The 18-second video shows Hunter, Sanders, and two other individuals dancing. It was posted Nov. 21, the day after the five-star cornerback visited Jackson State during the Alcorn State game where more than 58,000 fans packed into Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The video has more than a million views.

Jackson State coach Deion Sanders said in a Barstool Sports video on the eve of the early signing period that Jackson State would "shock the country."

The decision generated massive media buzz across the country. Hunter, the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation for the class of 2022, is the highest-rated prospect to pick an HBCU during the recruiting rankings era.

"I'm so grateful for the massive support. I'm honored. Thank you!" Hunter wrote on Twitter. "But while you’re all here…let me nudge the spotlight over to HBCUs. Let’s massively support them...Alumni, grantors, athletes - it's going to take all of us. Who’s with me? This is our moment."

Hunter wrote on Twitter that he picked Jackson State because he wants to play for one of the greatest defensive backs of all time and blaze a trail for other top athletes who may be interested in HBCUs. He mentioned Jerry Rice, Doug Williams, and Jackson State's Walter Payton among the players who made the history he wants to be a part of.

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Top-ranked recruit Travis Hunter will be playing his college football at Jackson State.
Top-ranked recruit Travis Hunter will be playing his college football at Jackson State.

Jackson State signed Hunter and interior offensive lineman Christian Henderson from Copiah-Lincoln Community College, and added seven transfers from FBS schools. The Tigers, which finished No. 55 in last year's recruiting class rankings are currently No. 116 and No. 1 in the SWAC.

"You see the player we just signed" Shedeur Sanders said. "Next signing day, you'll be able to see there are more players just like us coming to this HBCU and to Jackson State."

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Shedeur Sanders on when he knew Travis Hunter was going to HBCU