Jackson State received multiple ‘flip picks’ in the 247Sports Crystal Ball on Monday evening for 2021 four-star quarterback Shedeur Sanders, a longtime Florida Atlantic commit. Sanders is the son of new Jackson State head coach and Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
The younger Sanders reported an offer from Jackson State on Sept. 24, three days following the school announcing his father as its new head coach. Shedeur Sanders, who plays for Cedar Hill (Texas) Trinity Christian, has been committed since July 13 to FAU. He has reported more than two dozen offers to this point in his recruitment.
The first 247Sports Crystal Ball flip pick for Jackson State to ultimately land Sanders arrived late Monday afternoon. The industry-generated 247Sports Composite rates Sanders as a four-star recruit who is ranked No. 229 overall in the country’s 2021 recruiting class. He is also ranked No. 14 nationally among 2021 pro-style quarterback prospects, as well as No. 38 overall in the state of Texas for his class.
Sanders is one of numerous high-profile prospects that Deion Sanders and the new coaching staff at Jackson State have offered since taking over the FCS program in late September. Jackson State picked up its first commitment in the Sanders era Oct. 6, when Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College edge defender Jammie White announced his pledge.
“I want to coach like an Urban Meyer,” Sanders said shortly after his hiring at Jackson State. “I want a quarterback like Matt Leinart and an all-purpose back like Reggie Bush. That’s a start right there. If I can get those three, I can have a program that’s unbelievable. But listen, I’m looking for guys that love the game of football. We have a wonderful staff that’s going to surround me. They have 84 years of playing and coaching experience in the NFL. Some good guys. They’re ecstatic about getting this program going.”
Shedeur Sanders has led Trinity Christian to a 5-3 record so far this season playing an independent schedule against private and public school competition from multiple states. As a junior in 2019, Sanders threw for 3,459 yards, 47 touchdowns, and four interceptions, while rushing for 226 yards and 11 more TD’s as Trinity Christian won its third consecutive Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools’ Division II state championship.
Here is the 247Sports scouting report on Sanders from Greg Biggins, national recruiting analyst: “Highly productive and a winner with state championships to his name. Athletic frame, moves well and can extend plays. Does a nice job making that initial pass rusher miss. Doesn’t panic and shows poise and calmness in the pocket. Has dual-threat ability and can pick up bug chunks of yards with his legs but doesn’t take off and run as much as you would expect.
“Has enough arm strength to get the ball down the field and shows nice touch on his deep ball. Can tighten his release a bit but has some solid tools that project well to college. Upside is an impact upper-tier Power Five starter and potential NFL Draft pick.”