Jackson State head football coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders is doing his thing at Jackson State. The reigning Eddie Robinson award winner is leading a Jackson State Tigers team that’s outscored it’s first four opponents this season 190-37, en route to a 4-0 start. This after last season’s 11-2 record which included a SWAC championship the program first since 2007 and an appearance in the Celebration Bowl, the de facto Black College Football national championship.
Sanders has also proven his prowess on the recruiting trail as he out dueled numerous Power Five programs to land the nation’s No.1 overall recruit in Travis Hunter. He also added another top-50 recruit in Kevin Coleman, making the JSU the first FCS program to land two top-50 recruits in the same class since the era of the composite rankings. For his efforts, Sanders’ name has frequently been mentioned in numerous Power Five openings, the latest being Georgia Tech. During Monday’s SWAC coaches media day availability, Sanders reacted to all the attention.
“I think this may be the first time — historically — that a Black man has been mentioned in that aspect at the rate that we’ve been mentioned. Ever. I’m happy. I’m elated that colleges would feel as though I got it. I know what I’m doing. That’s a blessing man.”
Sander referred to the newfound interest in him as a “game changer.”
Coach Prime Speaks Of Elevation: It’s Vital To Him
The word elevation means to go to higher level and while Sanders hasn’t said that he’s ready to do so, just being mentioned as a candidate for different opportunities at a higher level means he’s doing something right at JSU.
“You gotta understand because I’m all about elevation, I’m all about going to the next level. So to be mentioned is unbelievable. It coincides with what I’ve been preaching since the day I arrived. I believe. I believe in changing the game. Just to mentioned is a game changer.”
With all the attention Coach Prime has received for other jobs since last year when he reportedly drew heavy interest and/or interviewed for the Colorado State, TCU and another job. His name has swirled around the current openings at Arizona State, Georgia Tech and even Colorado to a lesser degree. While Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin still has a job, his seat is very warm and there’s been some real chatter about Coach Prime replacing him if he’s fired.
The belief is Coach Prime won’t be leaving JSU anytime soon, but his name is being mentioned around the country. Having all his children either in or around the JSU program also plays a factor in this, and at the moment it just doesn’t look like he’ll be leaving them in Jackson.
Sanders Has Assembled A Power Five Ready Staff:
Since his arrival into the college coaching ranks, Sanders has surrounded himself with quality assistants. Defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman was once a pretty successful NFL defensive coordinator. His schemes are dynamic and would look great at the Power Five level. This past offseason Sanders fixed the leakier part of his team by adding Brett Bartolone from Nevada to run the offense. He’s turned the Tigers into the “Air Raid of the South,” with Deion’s youngest son and reigning Jerry Rice award winner, Shedeur at the helm. The offense has a Power Five flare to it, uptempo and aggressive.
In August Coach Prime told the AP this as it pertains to leaving for a Power Five gig ….
“I don’t look that far down the street I dominate the moment.”
More proof that Coach Prime isn’t ready to leave HBCU football he’s got so much more to accomplish.