Deion Sanders got his Twitter fingers caught in the proverbial NCAA cookie jar by committing the no-no of using social media to publicly court a high-profile recruit.
The Jackson State head coach on Friday quote-tweeted a tweet by 5-star defensive lineman Shemar Stewart not so subtly suggesting he wanted the 2022 recruit to be a Tiger just days before National Signing Day on Feb. 2.
“Should be @GoJSUTigersFB !” Sanders wrote in response to a tweet by Stewart announcing that Georgia, Texas A&M and Miami were finalists for his services. “It’s time for Change.”
The post was later deleted because NCAA rules prohibit coaches from directly tweeting at recruits. Though not the worst of infractions, it was enough to prompt Sanders to remove the message.
As is the case with the internet, nothing ever goes away as a screenshot of the tweet was taken and shared.
— Canes Access (@CanesAccess) January 28, 2022
Sanders and every other coach in America worth their salt would love the opportunity to have Stewart on their roster for the next four years.
The 6-foot-6, 272-pound interior defender from Opa Locka, Florida is rated the No. 10 overall prospect and No. 3 defensive lineman in the country, per 247Sports composite rankings.
Sanders had good reason to shoot his shot at Stewart after already landing No. 1 overall 2022 prospect Travis Hunter and 4-star high school All-American wide receiver Kevin Coleman.