September 28, 2022

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Jackson State has been one of the most active FCS programs in the transfer portal since the arrival of HC Deion Sanders. The offensive line was a major point of emphasis for the Jackson State staff this offseason after having allowing the most sacks in the conference last season. The Tigers landed some high profile transfers this offseason along the offensive line including Tyler Brown, Evan Henry, and Zach Breaux. 

The latest addition for the Tigers was announced Thursday by 247Sports as former USC offensive lineman Maximus Gibbs informed 247Sports that he intended to transfer to Jackson State. 

Gibbs was a 3-star prospect in the Class of 2021 out of St. John Bosco in California. The 6-foot-6, 385-pound offensive lineman ranked as the 60th best offensive lineman in the country and was a Top-75 player in the state of California. Gibbs was named to the 2020 PrepStar All-Western Team and followed that up with earning a MaxPreps All-State 2nd Team selection in 2021. Gibbs announced his commitment to USC over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, and Oklahoma. 

USC moved Gibbs to the defensive side of the ball as a true freshman, but Gibbs was primed to make the move back to the offensive line in 2022. He totaled 2 tackles and 1 tackle for loss after appearing in 8 games for the Trojans as a true freshman. Gibbs announced his transfer from USC on August 17th and will have three years of eligibility left for Jackson State. Gibbs will not be eligible for the 2022 season due to not entering the portal until after the NCAA mandated entry deadline of May 1st

Jackson State opens the 2022 season this Sunday against Florida A&M in the Orange Blossom Classic in Miami, FL. The Tigers aim to defend their 2021 SWAC Championship and repeat for the first time since 1995-96. 

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