15 JSU Tigers, 8 starters enter transfer portal following departure of Deion Sanders

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Published: Dec. 21, 2022 at 5:12 PM CST
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Fifteen Jackson State Tigers have entered the transfer portal following the departure of head coach Deion Sanders.

According to On3 Sports, the double-digit pool of former Tigers have entered their names in the portal alongside roughly 1,400 players since the portal opened on December 5, including 8 former starters.

Coach Prime’s two sons, starting quarterback Shedeur Sanders and starting safety Shilo Sanders entered the portal as expected. Former 5-star athlete Travis Hunter, defensive lineman KaTron Evans, safety Cam’Ron Slimon-Craig, kicker Alejandro Mata, wide receiver Kevin Coleman Jr., and pass rusher Nyles Gaddy round out the former starters looking for new homes.

Shedeur Sanders signed with Colorado, where his father is now head coach, Wednesday, with his older brother Shilo expected to follow.

Hunter announced he would release his commitment once his YouTube page reaches 100k subscribers.

Defensive back Kevin Wiggins pulled his name out of the transfer portal to stay in the capital city.

Despite the losses, now head coach of JSU, T.C. Taylor, has landed two transfers from the portal from the PAC-12, including former 4-star Oregon athlete Seven McGee and an offensive lineman formerly of USC, Shamar Allen.

Jackson State had 10 commits in the 2023 class thus far during the early National Signing Day period. Coach Taylor sent a tweet, teasing that more players are expected to sign.

The tweet proved to be the calm before the storm as Jackson State ended the NSD period by signing 14 players by the end of the day, including surprise signings from 3-star linebacker Allen Walker, formerly of Louisiana Tech and 3-star safety Tim Steward, formerly of Troy.

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