SAN ANTONIO – Must have had four hats on the table – Miami, Florida State, Oregon and USC. All week, four-star receiver Kevin Coleman has been talking about the Hurricanes and Seminoles. But throughout St. Louis (Mo.) St. Mary’s had another idea: he was going to be a stunner during the All-American Bowl.
Considered the ninth best receiver and number 61 overall in the 2022 class, Coleman is committed to Jackson State on those other four Power Five programs, never giving a hint during the week that a surprise of 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 a loser and everyone has always doubted me. Every move I’ve ever made was different than anyone else’s. I’ve never chased anything, I let it come to me. I feel this move I can change and show everyone that you can do it anywhere. You just have to believe in yourself and work hard. ”
Coleman’s extraordinary decision follows in the footsteps of potential candidate No. 1 ever Travis Hunter who made the greatest recruiting stunner in Rivals history when he picked Jackson State and retired from the state of Florida during his initial signing period.
One day before that decision, the Jackson State coach Deione Sanders he said it would “shock the world”. That kind of hyperbole almost never works, but in Hunter’s case it did.
Coleman said he didn’t reveal to Sanders or Hunter that he intended to choose Jackson State and they found out the same way everyone else did, during the telecast.
“I didn’t even tell Travis,” Coleman said. “He blew me up and he didn’t even know it. I know he’s freaking out right now. I never told any school I was coming, I just wanted to shock them.”
And now Coleman joins the five-star athlete in the Jackson State class, and the two could be at the start of a shift in recruiting where more elite prospects seriously consider playing in HBCUs. Four-star DL Christen Miller will visit Florida A&M in January among other visits.
While he hasn’t officially signed with Jackson State, Coleman said he will sign up earlier this month and won’t make any more visits.