Analyst denies popular comparison of 4-star S to Colorado football star Travis Hunter

Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel with defensive backs Boo Carter (23) and Jakobe Thomas (30) during
Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel with defensive backs Boo Carter (23) and Jakobe Thomas (30) during / Brianna Paciorka/News Sentinel / USA

Comparison is the thief of joy, so they say, so the popular comparison of Tennessee's Class of 2024 star safety/receiver Boo Carter to two-way Colorado football star Travis Hunter could be wildly harmful to Volunteers fans' ability to properly appreciate the Bradley Central star.

On3's Steve Wiltfong pumped the brakes on the comparison, likening the absurdity of comparing anyone who can play both sides of the ball to the potential 2025 No. 1 overall pick, Hunter, to comparing any QB who has a slight build to Bryce Young.

“Well, he was a terrific two way player on the high school level that I remember Ohio State was considering as a potential running back prospect,” Wiltfong said. “So he certainly has that skill set. I know he impressed Tennessee in camp locking down receivers in the secondary, locking down older receivers when he was young in camp and so certainly, that’s where Tennessee saw him making a great impact early on. 

“But in today’s era of college football, you have an exciting player that can give you some snaps on offense and be a difference maker there and it’s not too challenging to understand what your responsibilities are, than certainly I think we’ve seen it in the past beyond Travis Hunter. But it’s few and far between. Travis Hunter’s a special talent. It’s hard for me to say hey, anybody’s Travis Hunter 2.0, just like it’s hard for me to call any 5-foot-9.5 and a half quarterback that’s 160 pounds, Bryce Young.”

Two-way Colorado football star Travis Hunter is without comparison

No disrespect to Carter, but Hunter is without comparison. At six-foot-one, the Suwanee, Georgia native has NFL size with elite ball-tracking skills and athleticism. Carter is an otherworldly athlete himself, but he is under six feet tall and has players ahead of him in the state and at his position.

Hunter was one of one. And he still is. No matter what payout Carter gets from Tennessee, or elsewhere if the Vols don't show him the money, Hunter will dwarf his earnings from an NIL standpoint.

It's not disrespect to compare anyone to Hunter, but it should stop immediately. Because there is no comparison.