The Colorado Buffaloes shot for the moon and landed the biggest head coaching recruit. After Jackson State won the SWAC Championship on Saturday afternoon, Deion Sanders announced he would be leaving the legendary HBCU for the PAC-12, with his son, quarterback Shedeur Sanders in-tow.
Deion Sanders introduces his son Shedeur in his opening statement:
“That’s your quarterback.”
— Grace Remington (@GraceRemiTV) December 4, 2022
The college football season out West just got real interesting, real fast. From Seattle to Tempe and all the schools in between, all 11 programs were served notice that a shakeup is coming to the conference hierarchy.
There were other opportunities. Outside of Colorado, Sanders had both Cincinnati and South Florida to consider before deciding on the Buffalos. The Bearcats looked to have an inside track, and to sample some in the media, Colorado didn’t seem likely for a host of reasons. For one, Boulder has had only one winning season in the last ten in PAC-12 play. The year was 2016 when they finished with an overall record of 10-4 and 8-1 in the conference. In 2022 they finished 1-11 and 1-8 in the PAC-12.
For Deion, the challenge of turning it around at a relatively weak Power-Five conference is a challenge he’s ready for. Also, keep in mind two things: a new PAC-12 media contract, and the exit in 2024 of USC and UCLA. Beginning as early as next season, fans in the West can expect to see a new pecking order emerge. The Ducks are now the second best team in Oregon as the Beavers have made a big move up with great coaching and recruiting. The same can be said At Washington State who saw solid improvement in 2022. Stanford needs a new coach, and along with California, are likely to be at the bottom of the conference. Even Arizona and Arizona State will show improvement, especially in Tucson. As for Utah, their culture only breeds teams who can roll out at least eight wins a season.
Sanders will be a huge asset in bringing players back to Boulder. In addition to his son Shedeur who will likely be the starter under center coke camp, Five-star cornerback Travis Hunter, who committed to Sanders at Jackson State, was dominant in his freshman season. It seems likely that Hunter and Shedeur will lead a class of players who will follow Coach Prime from J-State to Colorado.
Shedeur Sanders final stats:
• 70.3 CMP%
• 3,368 passing yards
• 41 TOT TD
• 6 INT
• 11-0 record
The Jackson State QB is expected to follow his father Deion Sanders and transfer to Colorado 👀 pic.twitter.com/wkR61it0fP
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) December 4, 2022
A two-time Super Bowl champion, who is connected to the NFL better than any other coach in a Power-Five league, has shown the kind of coaching chops and winning pedigree that will appeal to the best recruits. Not just on the West Coast, but across the entire country.
The Colorado Buffaloes deserve a ton of credit for rolling the dice. Bringing Prime Time to the Rocky Mountains is the biggest news you could ever expect from a team one season removed from a 1-11 campaign. The PAC-12 will be fun again, and will grab the attention of college football fans on the East Coast. Only Deion Sanders could do that.