Perhaps there is no hotter coaching candidate than current Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders. “Coach Prime” has raised the profile of HBCU football, specifically the Jackson State Tigers. Sanders has made JSU the gold standard of Black College Football in less than three years on the job.
Coach Prime landed the best FCS recruiting class ever and flipped top-rated recruit Travis Hunter from Florida State (Prime’s alma mater) to Jackson State. Sanders convinced Walmart to contribute to the construction of a new practice field for JSU and helped interstate rival Mississippi Valley State secure funds for a new practice field while in Jackson.
His early success was a factor in Tennessee State hiring Eddie George and Grambling State hiring Hugh Jackson. Now, everyone wants Coach Prime, even those that thought it was a joke that he wanted to be a head coach.
Sanders said on 60 Minutes and College GameDay that he’d be “a fool” not to entertain an offer from a Power Five school. He’s right. It would be prudent for him to explore the possibility of going to the most elite level of college football. Sanders would have more money and better facilities and ties and land even better recruits.
Would Sanders leave for the Power Five? Here’s a closer look at Sanders and the Power Five.