Rivals100 WR Kevin Coleman explains surprise Jackson State commitment

San Antonio – He was supposed to have four hats on the table – Miami, Florida, Oregon and USC Every week, four-star receiver Kevin Coleman spoke about Hurricanes and Seminoles. But along the St. Louis (Mo.) River, St. Mary’s had another idea: He would have a stunning success during the All-American Bowl.

Coleman has committed to being ranked as the ninth best receiver and 61st player overall in the 2022 class Jackson state Compared to the other four Power Five, he never gave a hint during the week that a surprise from this order was in store.

“I decided yesterday,” Coleman said. “The motto I’ve always had in life is to be different. All my life I’ve been somewhat vulnerable and everyone always suspected me. Every step I’ve taken has always been different from any other. I’ve never chased anything away, I let it come to me. I feel like that step I can change it up and show everyone that you can shape it anywhere. You just have to believe in yourself and work hard.”

Coleman’s stunning decision followed in the footsteps of number one Travis Hunter, who produced the biggest recruiting upset in Rivals history when he picked Jackson State and flipped from Florida State during his early signing period.

The day before this decision, the Jackson State coach Debt Sanders He said it would “shock the world”. This kind of exaggeration is rarely resolved, but in Hunter’s case, it was.

Coleman said he didn’t reveal to Sanders or Hunter that he intended to pick Jackson State and they found out the same way the others did — during the telecast.

“I didn’t tell Travis,” Coleman said. “He was blowing me up and he didn’t even know. I know he’s crazy now. I didn’t tell any school I was coming, I just wanted to let them shock.”

Now Coleman is joining a five-star athlete in the Jackson State class and the two could be beginning a recruiting shift as more potential elites consider playing seriously in HBCU. Four-star DL Christen Miller will be visiting Florida A&M in January among other visits.

Although he hasn’t formally signed with Jackson State, Coleman said he plans to sign up early this month and won’t make any further visits.

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