‘I Want To Apologize’: Channing Crowder Once Said HBCU’s Couldn’t Compete with Power-5 Schools, Now He’s Apologizing to Deion Sanders

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  • Deion Sanders
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    American football player, linebacker

Jackson State head coach Deion Sanders told folks he was going to change the game as it pertains to HBCUs landing top prospects. Sanders’ success thus far is forcing a lot of naysayers to eat their words.

When Deion flipped No. 1 overall recruit Travis Hunter, who had previously committed to FSU, it sent shock waves across the college football landscape.

On Saturday, the Tigers received a commitment from four-star wide receiver Kevin Coleman. Coleman is the No. 4-ranked pass catcher in the class of 2022 and No. 44 overall prospect. He made the announcement official to attend JSU during the fourth quarter of the All-American Bowl. The Tigers got the nod over Power schools such as Oregon, USC, Miami, and Florida State.

Another unlikely score for Coach Prime, who has transformed Jackson State into a real destination for four and five-star talent. An HBCU school that snatches recruits from the mouths of blue blood powerhouses.

Coleman has been compared to former Alabama and current Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. His quickness, suddenness and change of direction are elite and will help the JSU offense immensely. His skill set also includes being a very good return man.

In an interview at the All-American Bowl, Coleman says his decision wasn’t made until Friday.

“I really stamped my decision Friday, really,” the dynamic offensive player said. “I just talked to my parents, told them the decision I was making was to be different, to make my own legacy, to make change.”

“Primetime, why not play with the best.”

Adding Coleman and Hunter (who can play both ways) gives the Tigers’ offense and quarterback Shedeur Sanders more weaponry to work with as JSU looks to win back-to-back SWAC championships for the first since 1995-96.

Recruiting at this level was something that few thought could be done at an HBCU, including former NFL player Channing Crowder.

Channing Crowder recently offered Deion Sanders an apology.

Earlier this year, via the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast, he voiced his doubts about Deion Sanders’ ability to out-recruit the established predominately white institutions (PWIs).

“I tell you now, I’m not against HBCUs, I’m not a hater or whatever. But Prime I went to Florida. What can Florida give a kid with the dorms, with the training tables, with the exposure, with the 100,000 people in the game …. y’all cannot compete with the teams that’s got so much resources, those Power-5 Prime, you cannot compete with those power-5 schools.”

Click here to find out what he said and why he had a change of heart.

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