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College football recruiting: Jackson State lands another blue-chip player in four-star WR Kevin Coleman


Jackson State coach Deion Sanders earned another earth-shattering commitment as wide receiver Kevin Coleman — a national top-50 recruit and the top player in Missouri, per 247Sports Composite — committed to the Tigers at the 2022 All-American Bowl. Coleman joins No. 1 overall recruit Travis Hunter, the biggest surprise of the Early Signing Period, as one of the highest-rated players to commit to an HBCU program in the modern era. 

A St. Louis native, Coleman picked Jackson State after previously listing Oregon, Miami and Florida State as his finalists. As the No. 44 overall player and the No. 4 wideout for the 2022 cycle, his commitment continues an unprecedented run on the recruiting trail for Sanders and the Tigers. Jackson State, an FCS program, has signed six blue-chip recruits in the last two classes. Hunter and Coleman are the top recruits in program history.  

Sanders has not stopped there, however. The Tigers are adding nine transfers from the FBS ranks, including former blue-chip recruits Keveon Mullins (South Carolina) and Mark Pope (Miami). Simply put, 2022 Jackson State will be perhaps the most talented FCS squad in the modern era. 

Historically, Jackson State has one of the proudest traditions of any program in college football. The Tigers have produced 94 NFL players, including four Pro Football Hall of Famers. Sanders came to Jackson State in hopes of tapping into that history. 

The Tigers went 11-2 in Sanders’ second season, earning a trip to the Celebration Bowl after winning the SWAC for the first time since 2007. Jackson State returns the bulk of its production from that team and will enter the 2022 season as conference title favorites again. 

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