Perhaps no college football team will look any different from the 2022 season to the 2023 season Colorado under new head coach Deion Sanders. The NFL legend, who is leaving Jackson State for the Pac-12 program, led the Buffaloes into a recruiting storm led by the transfer of star wide receiver/cornerback combination Travis Hunter.
Sanders recently took part in a question-and-answer session at 247Sports where he discussed Travis Hunter’s transfer to Colorado and the Buffaloes’ attitude to recruitment.
The coach said other programs had tried to lure Hunter with zero offers of up to $1.5 million, but the much-vaunted recruit chose to follow Sanders.
“People offered Travis Hunter a bag. About $1.5 million to lure him off the transfer portal and bail him out. But Travis is not the type to buy. He’s not built like that. Travis is a relationship-oriented young man who is built on relationships and stability. And that was what he wanted and desired. That’s why he decided to ride and stay with us,” Sanders told 247Sports.
Hunter was the top pick in the high school class of 2022 and shocked many when he chose Jackson State. After a year at HBCU, where he had 18 receptions for 188 yards and four touchdowns on offense, as well as 20 tackles, 10 pass breaks, and two interceptions (including a pick six) on defense, Hunter made his move to Colorado known.
“I can’t wait for them to see what he’s capable of over the next few years. Because he will be in the top 5 or top 3 after his junior year. But there are no limits, he will play both ways and is an important part of offense and defense and he wants that,” Sanders said.
“First his grades have to be correct and he has to qualify through our compliance department. Then he has to be tough, smart, fast, disciplined and strong in character. And he has to understand that this coaching staff is old-fashioned. No old fools, just old school. Many of our principles and the way we approach the game come from times long gone. And we’re still like that, because that’s the way and it hasn’t let us down yet. So it’s a huge expectation, but we’re trying hard and we’re playing fast. And you have to love this thing. We don’t want you to agree to this. We want you to be “in love.”