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Jackson State lands Alabama transfer Joshua Lanier

Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Joshua Lanier (84) against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Former Alabama walk-on wide receiver Joshua Lanier is transferring to Jackson State to play for Deion Sanders.

He played in seven games as a senior in 2020, largely on special teams.

Lanier said he chose Jackson State, one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to leave his mark.

“I knew it had to be a bigger move than just me,” Lanier said. “It had to be more about family, had to be more about God. It had to be more about a program that I could mean something to and that can give a good message to people that look up to me.”

Lanier said he fulfilled his goal as a youngster to play at his home-state Alabama — he won the College Football Playoff with the Crimson Tide in January — but was ready to play in a program where he could assume a leadership role.

And, Lanier wants to make an impression on young players, as well as pro scouts.

“It also gives me a way to show younger kids just because you’ve got other, bigger offers don’t mean that you have to go there,” Lanier said. “You can go to an HBCU. And hopefully once I go there and I can further my career to the NFL they can know that you can still go to an HBCU and go to the NFL.”

–Field Level Media