If there is one coach in America that understands the gravity and pull that the NIL landscape and the current transfer portal have in college athletics, it is new Colorado football coach Deion Sanders.
While speaking with Carl Reed of 247Sports, Sanders said that star athlete Travis Hunter was offered an obscene amount of money — more than $1 million — when he hit the transfer portal. Hunter, of course, was Sanders’ most coveted recruit when he was coaching Hunter at Jackson State.
Hunter is a former 5-star recruit who chose the HBCU program over more reputable and proven major programs, while spurning his original school of choice, Florida State. Eventually, Sanders got Hunter, the No. 1 recruit in the 2022 class according to 247Sports, to follow him to Colorado last winter.
Obviously, having big NIL collectives back some major college football programs with endless money is a sure way to sway some players. However, Sanders said Hunter is not the type of person to only base his college of choice solely on money.
“People offered Hunter a bag. About $1.5 million to try to lure him and buy him out of the transfer portal,” Sanders told Reed. “But Travis is not the kind of guy that can be bought. He isn’t built like that. Travis is a relational young man that is built on relationships and stability. And that’s what he wanted and desired. That is why he decided to ride and stay with us.”
At Colorado, Hunter is expected to play on both sides of the ball. He is coming off his freshman season where he tallied 15 solo tackles, two interceptions (one for a touchdown), and eight pass deflections.