For many years, Deion Sanders was a standout athlete in the NFL and MLB. Sanders won two Super Bowls and played in a World Series, and he became the only player to play in a Super Bowl and World Series. The Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee has accomplished a lot throughout his career.
Now Sanders is a head coach of a college football team for the first time in his career. He’s at Jackson State University and is excited about the future. Sanders recently received some big news from his son Shedeur, who was committed to Florida Atlantic University.
Deion Sanders taking his talents to Jackson State
Sanders started his coaching career in 2012 when he became the head coach at Prime Prep Academy, which he co-founded. The school had multiple campuses in Texas, including Dallas, Fort Worth, and Oak Cliff. He served as the head coach there from 2012 to 2013. After his time at Prime Prep, he became head coach at Triple A Academy from 2015 to 2016.
Sanders took on a new role in 2017, where he became the offensive coordinator at Trinity Chrisitan School in 2017. Both of Sanders’ sons played at the school. Shilo is currently on the football team at South Carolina, and Shedeur is currently in his senior year of high school. Sanders has a passion for football, and that’s something he always wanted to be involved in when he finished playing.
In September of 2020, there was some exciting news that came across college football. Jackson State University announced that Sanders would become the next head coach of the football team. Sanders was excited to join the Jackson State family. “I am truly blessed to be the 21st Head football coach of Jackson State University,” said Sanders, according to gojsutigers.com.
“This amazing HBCU has always enjoyed a high level of commitment academically and athletically. It’s my desire to continue this storied tradition and history of JSU and prayerfully bring more national recognition to the athletes, the university, the Sonic Boom of the South, and HBCUs in general. I am TRULY proud to be a part of the JSU Tiger family. ‘I BELIEVE'” With Sanders becoming the head coach of an HBCU, his name alone will attract recruits to come play for him.
Shedeur Sanders originally committed to Florida Atlantic University
Shedeur is one of the top high school prospects in the country. According to ESPN, he’s the No. 60 overall recruit in the class of 2021. In July of 2020, he announced his commitment to FAU. Shedeur became the first ESPN 300 recruit to choose FAU since ESPN started its rankings in 2009. FAU fans were excited to have the commitment from the son of a Hall of Famer.
In a text message Shedeur sent to ESPN’s Gerry Hamilton, he talked about why he chose FAU. “”I wanted to write my own legacy, FAU gave me a opportunity to do that! I trust the staff,” he said. “Willie Taggart was the first coach to offer me a opportunity to play at the next level.”
Unfortunately for FAU, when Deion became the head coach at Jackson State, there were conversations that Shedeur might commit to play with his father.
Shedeur flipping his commitment to Jackson State
It wasn’t long before Shedeur decided to play for his father at Jackson State. According to ESPN, Shedeur flipped his commitment from FAU to Jackson State on November 6, 2020. Shedeur is now the highest-ranked prospect Jackson State has ever had and the only ESPN 300 prospect to commit to the HBCU. Shedeur and Deion have developed a close relationship throughout Shedeur’s high school career. With Deion being the offensive coordinator at the high school Shedeur attended, they developed a strong bond on the field.
Now the two can continue to build that bond at the collegiate level. Shedeur has put together an impressive high school career. He has thrown for 8,925 yards, 123 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions in the past three seasons. Shedeur also ran for 198 yards and 22 touchdowns and helped his team win two state championships. It will be exciting to see Deion and Shedeur at the next level and see how well Jackson State does under Deion.