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Deion Sanders lands Jackson State football star

Jackson State’s leading rusher is now in Colorado.

Sy’Veon Wilkerson appears to be the latest former Jackson State football star to join Deion Sanders at Colorado.

Wilkerson, last season’s leading rusher at Jackson State, has shown up in Boulder, Colorado. He entered the transfer portal in April.

The running back started his career at Delaware State in 2021, where he led the MEAC in rushing attempts as a freshman (220), while finishing second with 848 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. He left DSU after the season and hit the transfer portal, eventually ending up at West Virginia. 

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Jackson State fans celebrate a touchdown catch by Syveon Wilkerson. (Steven J. Gaither/HBCU Gameday)

That stop didn’t last long, as Wilkerson hit the transfer portal again, following West Virginia’s spring game. This time he found his way back to an HBCU, getting the chance to help Deion Sanders and his offense get a ground game to complement its air-raid attack. 

“When I entered the transfer portal the first time, I wanted to come play at Jackson State for Coach Prime,” Wilkerson told Jeff Lightsy earlier this year.

Despite his accomplishments at Delaware State, Wilkerson had to earn his Tiger stripes. It took a couple of practices and a few games, but it happened. 

“When I finally got that opportunity and I was able to play my first game at Jackson State against Grambling, where that was my breakout game, because I had started — it was just surreal,” Wilkerson said. “And it was emotional for me in the beginning because of everything that I had went through to the year.”

Sy’Veon Wilkerson rushed for 141 yards and two scores against Grambling State that day. He breathed much-needed life into the Jackson State football running game in 2022 as he rushed for 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns. 

Now he appears headed for his fourth program in a little over two years.

Deion Sanders lands Jackson State football star
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