Florida native Trevonte Rucker has officially committed to Jackson State University. Rucker will join Javonte Gardner as the second University of Florida Gator to make the move to Jackson State University.

Aside from Javonte Gardner, Rucker is the second former Florida Gators commit to reroute their talent to JSU. Jackson State coach Deion Sanders has been credited with aggressively building the JSU Tigers football program. Find the full story from the Jackson Clarion Ledger below.

Trevonte Rucker, courtesy of Gator Territory

Jackson State has added another heavy hitter to its 2021 recruiting class. 

Vanguard wide receiver Trevonte Rucker of Ocala, Florida committed to JSU and first-year coach Deion Sanders on Tuesday afternoon.

Rucker, a former Florida commit, is a four-star recruit ranked No. 189 nationally, according to the 247Sports composite ranking. That makes him the highest-rated high school prospect to commit to Jackson State.

 He announced the commitment calling his decision “official” with the hashtag “BLM” as well.


Sanders signed his son, Shedeur, as the highest-rated high school player (No. 234) ever in JSU history last month during the early signing period, but should Rucker sign in February, he would become the highest-rated player to sign with JSU.

Sanders previously said one of his biggest reasons for coming to a historically Black university was to level the playing field for HBCUs with Power 5 schools.

Trevonte Rucker, courtesy of 247 Sports

Rucker is a four-star wide receiver and ranks as the No. 29 senior prospect in Florida, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot, 157-pound athlete is an Under Armour All-American.

Sanders, a Fort Meyers, Florida native and Florida State alum, has recruited the Sunshine state well, flipping former Florida commit Javonte Gardner in addition to bringing in Rucker and IMG Academy offensive lineman Charlton Goodell as commits. Three transfers, Isaiah Bolden, Maljon Joor and Tony Gray, are coming from Florida colleges as well.