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Deion Sanders flips top JUCO recruit from Georgia to Jackson State

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders made it clear that one of his goals as the head football coach at Jackson State would be to bring top-rated recruits to a small school, and the Hall of Famer is already delivering on that promise.

De’Jahn Warren, a four-star cornerback recruit from Lackawanna College, announced on Wednesday that he is signing with Jackson State. Warren, who is a consensus top-five junior college prospect, had previously committed to Georgia.

That is obviously huge for Jackson State. The Tigers have not had a winning season since 2013, so the fact that a player would choose to play for Sanders over an SEC powerhouse program is significant.

Warren becomes the second-highest-ranked recruit to commit to Jackson State behind Shedeur Sanders, Deion’s son. Shedeur, a quarterback, flipped his commitment from FAU to Jackson State last month.

Sanders made a classic “Prime Time” entrance when he was introduced at Jackson State (video here), and he is doing his best to live up to the hype thus far.

Deion Sanders wants Falcons to hire Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan

Deion Sanders has a bold plan for what the Atlanta Falcons need to do.

Sanders appeared on the “Pardon My Take” podcast on Sunday night to recap Week 12 of the NFL season with the hosts. The three men were talking about the Falcons and whether Raheem Morris might keep the head coaching job as has been rumored.

That’s when Sanders talked about the direction he wants to see the Falcons take.

“They need a defensive guy. Honestly, if they could somehow convince a guy like Rex Ryan to take over the defense, they would be phenomenal. You need a real defensive mind to do something with that defense. That’s the kind of guy you need,” Sanders said.

Deion began his career with the Falcons and played five seasons for them, so he has some vested interest in seeing them succeed. He thinks Rex would provide a big fix. It’s unclear whether Sanders would want Rex as a head coach or defensive coordinator, but he wants Ryan in there.

Ryan was the defensive coordinator for the Ravens from 2005-2008 and coached Sanders in the Hall of Famer’s final season in 2005. Ryan then became the head coach of the Jets and later the Bills. Ryan is 61-66 overall as a head coach and 4-2 in the playoffs. He hasn’t coached since 2016 and has instead continued to make noise as a TV analyst.

The Falcons are 4-7 and ranked No. 27 in the league in yards allowed and No. 17 in points allowed.

Deion Sanders’ son Shedeur flips commitment to join father at Jackson State

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders is already making an impact on the Jackson State football program in just under two months on the job.

Deion secured a commitment from Shedeur Sanders, who is one of Sanders’ three sons.

Shedeur announced the news on his Twitter account Friday, saying he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. He also wrote “I got your back” to his father in his message.

Back in July, Shedeur actually announced his commitment to FAU. He has now switched to Jackson State about five months later.

Sanders has passed for 123 touchdowns and just 19 interceptions over three years of his high school career, while rushing for 22 scores. The young quarterback seen working out with Tom Brady in Tampa during the summer.

Deion Sanders has interesting bonuses in Jackson State contract

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders has some unusual bonuses in his head coaching contract at Jackson State.

College football reporter Matt Brown obtained a copy of Sanders’ contract. Sanders will make $300,000 per year at the school, which would come out to $1.2 million over the four-year deal.

The contract also contains two unique clauses. The first is that Sanders will receive a $100,000 bonus if the school moves to a new league, along with a written promise to increase the athletic budget to be in line with that of its peers.

The second clause states that Sanders will receive 10 percent of the revenue from ticket sales for each game at which Jackson State sells more than 30,000 tickets. The team averaged over 33,000 fans per game last season, so theoretically, Sanders stands to get a decent cut of money from this stipulation.

Sanders definitely negotiated some unique bonuses into his deal. It’s pretty clear that Jackson State has been willing to roll out the red carpet for him, though. The contract is no exception.

Deion Sanders critical of Florida State recruiting policy

Deion Sanders

The Florida State Seminoles are in real danger of posting three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1970s, and Deion Sanders thinks he knows why.

The Seminoles legend blamed the school’s recruiting strategy for its recent struggles, arguing that the team has been more concerned with recruiting rankings than intangibles.

“It starts out with recruiting; it starts out with the type of kids,” Sanders said on Wednesday’s “The Paul Finebaum Show,” via Riley Gates of 247Sports. “We’re chasing five-stars and four-stars, and we’re not measuring the heart. It’s no way to detect the heart. It’s no way to understand that. Instead of looking at the made-up highlight tapes, hey man, let’s go look at practice. I want to see a kid practice. Show me the practice tape. Games are the best possible plays he can have. There’s no way a guy was great for three straight minutes.

“Show me how he practices and sometimes we’re losing the understanding because we’re into rankings. We want to say we have the number one class in the nation from that year, just because we acquired several five- and four-stars.”

Maybe Sanders is onto something. According to 247Sports’ team rankings, the Seminoles brought in the third-ranked recruiting class in the country in both 2015 and 2016, followed by the No. 6 class in 2017 and No. 11 in 2018. They’ve continued to slip each year as on-field success has not followed the highly-touted recruits.

Now that Sanders is a college coach himself, perhaps this philosophy will inform his recruiting strategy.

Warren Sapp denies report about coaching with Deion Sanders

Warren Sapp

A bombshell report on Tuesday claimed Deion Sanders is assembling one of the most star-studded coaching staffs in college football history, but all of the subjects of that report have blasted it as being inaccurate.

Joe Cook of 16 WAPT News reported that Warren Sapp and Terrell Owens have agreed to serve as assistants on Sanders’ staff at Jackson State. Sanders immediately denied it and blasted Cook for the inaccurate information. Sapp responded to numerous tweets insisting he will not be coaching at Jackson State. He shared the same message to Tampa Bay area reporter Katherine Smith.

Owens chastised the media for not letting Sanders complete his hiring process, which was an interesting way of wording things.

So what is going on? Cook deleted his initial tweet and called his false report a “learning experience.” It’s unclear if he was fed bad information, but it’s interesting that Sanders has yet to announce his coaching staff.

It’s possible that there are legal and/or contractual issues still playing out and that Owens and/or Sapp actually will join Sanders’ staff. Or, perhaps the information truly was inaccurate. We should know before long.

Deion Sanders denies that Terrell Owens, Warren Sapp are joining staff

terrell owens

Deion Sanders was officially introduced as the head coach at Jackson State this week. As if that wasn’t enough of a splash for the program, a report on Tuesday claimed Sanders is assembling a coaching staff that would be fit for a reality TV show. Sanders says that report is inaccurate, however.

Joe Cook of 16 WAPT News in Mississippi cited sources who informed him that Terrell Owens will be Sanders’ wide receivers coach and Warren Sapp will coach the defensive line. Sanders quickly shot down the report and said it is “absolutely wrong.”

Owens and Sapp also took to Twitter to rip the report. Sapp responded to a tweet from FOX College Football, which seemingly confirmed the report before attributing it to Cook and then deleting their original tweet.

Sanders has made no formal announcements yet about his staff, but he told reporters on Tuesday that all of the positions have been filled. He said the staff has over 80 years of combined NFL playing and coaching experience.

It’s unclear where the misinformation came from. If you saw the flashy entrance Sanders made when he was introduced at Jackson State on Monday, you may have believed he would hire Owens and Sapp as part of his staff. That would have been fun.

Video: Deion Sanders makes classic ‘Prime Time’ entrance at Jackson State

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders was officially introduced as the new head football coach at Jackson State on Monday, and his entrance at the school was right on par with everything else he has done in his Hall of Fame career.

Sanders showed up to his press conference at Jackson State with police lights flashing, sirens blaring and the school marching band leading the way.

Sanders then gave an emotional speech.

“We going to win,” Sanders said, according to TMZ. “We going to look good while we win. We going to have a good time while we win. And we going to do this professionally. … I believe this is going to be a marriage made in heaven, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Sanders had made it no secret that he wanted to get into head coaching. He was linked to one high-profile college job a while back, but nothing ever came of that. While there was some concern over one of his endorsement deals and how it would impact him taking a job at Jackson State, that is all being worked out.

A former eight-time Pro Bowler as a player, Sanders has only coached at the high school level. Jackson State has not had a winning season since 2013, so Sanders will face immediate pressure to right the ship.

Deion Sanders to become Jackson State head coach despite Under Armour deal

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders is expected to be named the next head football coach at Jackson State, though there is one hiccup.

HCBU Sports’ Kendrick Marshall reported on Thursday that Sanders would become the school’s new head football coach. He says a press conference regarding the announcement is expected to come on Monday.

One issue with the deal is that Sanders’ personal endorsement deal with Under Armour is in conflict with the school’s deal with Nike. Marshall says the sides are expected to work things out regardless.

Sanders recently left NFL Network over a contract issue and signed on to join Barstool Sports. He joined the emerging sports media and comedy brand with the understanding that he still wanted to explore coaching.

Sanders, 53, has been linked to the Jackson State job since John Hendrick was let go in August.

A former 8-time Pro Bowler as a player, Sanders has experience coaching at the high school level. He will have his work cut out for him at a school that hasn’t had a winning record since 2013.

Deion Sanders defends Odell Beckham Jr. against wild rumor

Deion Sanders

Everyone seems to want to weigh in on the wild rumor that is floating around about Odell Beckham Jr. this week, but NFL legend Deion Sanders says he spoke with OBJ directly about it. Not surprisingly, the Cleveland Browns star says the entire story was made up.

An Instagram model known as Slim Danger went on the “No Jumper” podcast this week and claimed she had an unusual sexual encounter with Beckham. She says Beckham likes when women defecate on him, which of course sent the internet into a frenzy.

Deion Sanders of Barstool Sports said Thursday that he spoke with OBJ directly. Sanders is “110 percent” convinced the rumor is false.

“My problem is why — if somebody comes out with some bulljunk on you — are we gonna believe them when we actually have the relationship with you? Shouldn’t we believe you instead of them?” Sanders asked. “Now, if they had said it the other way around, that Odell doo-doo’ed on them, I might have said, ‘Eh, you got a point there.’ But, no, I can’t see that one.”

Sanders also complimented Beckham for the way he has handled the unexpected attention.

“He’s at the point now, and I’m so proud of him, where he’s matured past the point of caring about foolishness like that,” Sanders said. “A couple years ago it would have had him all flustered. Now he’s like, ‘Eh, it’s part of the game.'”

Whether it’s true or not, Beckham seems to be laughing the rumor off. He appeared to issue a subtle response on Instagram, and ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>his girlfriend even got in on the fun. OBJ has bigger things to worry about with a few days to go until the start of the 2020 season.