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Nick Saban reacts to Deion Sanders flipping 5-star DB Travis Hunter from FSU

Deion Sanders on the sidelines during 2021 season as Jackson State head coach
Henry Taylor - Commercial Appeal

Deion Sanders stunned the college football world in the early period of National Signing Day.

Travis Hunter, a five-star defensive back, flipped from Florida State to Jackson State. He is the No. 1 recruit in the nation, and Sanders got him to sign to an HBCU over FSU. Sanders was a superstar defensive back for the Seminoles and played 14 seasons (1989-05) in the National Football League. Hunter choosing Jackson State has been the hottest story throughout the day.

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Nick Saban has collaborated with Sanders in Aflac commercials.

After wrapping up signing day for the Crimson Tide, he reacted to Sanders’ big moment.

“I have a lot of respect for Deion Sanders,” Saban said. “He’s a good coach. He’s a good guy and was a great player. He’s got a great personality, and I enjoy doing commercials with him. It’s not for me to comment on who makes what decisions to go where based on what circumstances. He got a great player, and I think that’s good for his program. I am not going to make any comments about what happened. I don’t know the background or details of what happened, but everybody has a right to make those choices and decisions. Everyone has freedom of choice. I am happy for him that he got a great player.”

Alabama hit on its needs in the class, but Sanders set the world on fire.

The Crimson Tide will start College Football Playoff practice on Thursday for Cincinnati.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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