Could Kirby Smart and Georgia football lure former 5-star Travis Hunter to Athens?

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One of the most high-profile college athletes has entered the transfer portal. Travis Hunter was among the most sought-after recruits in the nation before he committed to Deion Sanders at Jackson State, and now, he’s available once again. Do Kirby Smart and Georgia football have a chance to lure the ultra-talented Hunter to Athens?

The Bulldogs will compete with nearly every other notable program in the nation for Hunter’s services. But according┬áto Chad Simmons of On3, Georgia is considered one of the early favorites to land the superstar athlete.

Travis Hunter is one of the biggest names in the portal, and Georgia was considered in the mix before he committed to Jackson State. He’s from Georgia, and the young man shocked the world by committing to an HBCU over NFL factories like UGA, Alabama, and others.

Travis Hunter transferring isn’t nearly as shocking, though. With Deion Sanders headed for Colorado, it was expected Hunter would be leaving Jackson, Mississippi. The overwhelming belief is he will follow his former head coach to Boulder and join the Buffaloes.

However, that might not be the case. In a YouTube video, Hunter stated that he didn’t know what he was going to do and he’d be weighing his options, not wanting to rush into anything. He also addressed the writing on the wall of following Sanders to Colorado, stating he wanted to make sure the fit was right.

With the Tigers, Hunter finished the year with 19 tackles, two interceptions, 190 receiving yards, and four touchdowns playing on both sides of the ball. Georgia appears to have a chance to pry Hunter away from Prime and Colorado, but I wouldn’t count on it. If Hunter chose Jackson State and Sanders over Kirby Smart and Georgia once, one would think he would do it again. The opportunity to play on both sides of the ball has to be a factor in Hunter’s decision, and I don’t know how possible that would be on a roster as rich as the Bulldogs.

Photographer: Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire

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