- May 14, 2016
I think Deion assembled a pretty good staff considering the circumstances.What’s your thoughts on JSU. I’m curious to see the impact the p5 level recruits and transfers will make there.
He has Michael Pollock as his OC/QB’s coach & he’s a young guy who was coaching HS ball down in Georgia, but he also brought in long time veteran coach Jason Phillips as Co-OC & WR’s coach & he has extensive experience running uptempo spread offenses he was at Houston with Art Briles as WR’s coach, at Baylor with Briles as well, then went back to Houston to be on Kevin Sumlin’s staff, then was at SMU towards the end of the June Jones era, then at Kansas with Dave Beatty, then was at Oregon St with Gary Andersen as the Passing game coordinator & then followed Andersen to Utah State. He’s a smart well versed coach with tons of years in the Air Raid/Spread Offense & can help Pollock a lot.
He also brought in Dennis Thurman as his DC & Thurman actually used to coach Deion before he retired when he played for the Ravens, Coach Thurman was the DB’s coach for the Ravens back in 04-05. He was also Rex Ryan’s DB’s coach for the Jets, back when the Jets had Darrelle Revis & Antonio Cromartie, Thurman is a well respected old school DB’s coach. He’s another experienced veteran coach with long extensive NFL history, that will do well getting the players to buy into the message.
Most people look a Deion as a clownish kinda character, but he’s actually a very smart X’s & O’s guy & was film junkie in terms of his preparation during his career. He started out coaching the Under Armor All-American game for years, then started his own charter school Prime Prep Academy, but then became the OC of Trinity Christian down in Cedar Hill & lead them to 4 straight state titles in Texas in 3 different classifications.
It will all come down to QB play, he got former UF 4-star QB from VA Jalon Jones & he obviously flipped his son Shedeur Sanders from FAU, but Shedeur was actually a 4-star QB who was very productive in HS & was a 3 time state champion. So depending on who he starts out with, they could have a pretty good offense.
Their secondary could be pretty good too, they were able to steal De’Jahn Warren who was a 4-star JUCO Corner that was committed to UGA up until the day of ENSD back in December. He also got Isaiah Bolden in a transfer from FSU, plus they picked up a few more JUCO transfers who were highly coveted.
Idk how well they’ll play, but I’m interested in seeing them, I think if they can figure out the QB situation they might be surprisingly good. But one thing is, the future is looking bright for them because Prime can recruit & he’ll be able to land some good transfers from JUCO & the Portal, after a few years they may be a contending team in the SWAC.