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Travis Hunter responds to Nick Saban’s claims of being paid $1 million in NIL to attend Jackson State

Nick Saban giving signals during Alabama 2022 Spring Football Practice
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Travis Hunter was the most sought-after high school recruit in the 2022 cycle.

He dominated the competition at Collins Hill High School in Georgia, garnering the respect of being the No. 1 overall recruit (regardless of metrics) for the class. Hunter shocked the college football world when he chose to attend Jackson State University, an HBCU, over Florida State University. It was a huge win for Deion Sanders as a head coach, but things turned complicated on Wednesday with Nick Saban speaking at the 50-day countdown for the World Games in Birmingham, Ala. Saban made claims about Jackson State paying a player $1 million in NIL funds to attend the school. Sanders immediately called it a “lie” from Saban, and Hunter had a response for the seven-time national champion on Twitter.

The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder enters his freshman year in the fall.

Sanders, who goes by “Coach Prime” on Twitter, had comments about Saban’s claim.

The two seem to have patched things up. Saban and Sanders spoke on Thursday, and it may have cleared the air.

RELATED: Nick Saban apologizes for singling out Texas A&M and Jackson State

As for Hunter, he anticipates having a huge first season with Sanders and Jackson State.

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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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