Concern not Boulder, Colorado, Deion Sanders is right here to avoid wasting Colorado soccer. All he wanted when he stepped off a non-public jet was his personal silk cape to accompany his messiah complicated. If the extremes and excesses of the NIL period have been molded into human type, it will be the person often known as Coach Prime.
On Sunday, Sanders peacocked his method into the Colorado observe facility and made a weird first impression. He immediately proclaimed his son the beginning quarterback earlier than he’d formally entered the switch portal and made certain to advertise himself because the savior of Colorado soccer. There wasn’t a lot discuss of constructing Colorado’s gamers up. He made certain to notice that any student-athletes he doesn’t deem worthy are welcome to depart. He dehumanized and insulted his workforce stuffed with FBS-student-athletes he’s been tasked with main by informing them that he’s obtained his personal guys from a decrease subdivision of soccer able to take their spots so they could as properly hop into the portal ASAP.
“We obtained a number of positions already taken care of as a result of I’m bringing my baggage with me… And it’s Louis [Vuitton],” Sanders stated to an auditorium of returning Colorado gamers.
It’s probably the most egotistical we’ve seen him but. There’s no I in workforce, however there’s one in Deion and two in Primetime. The aim of the switch portal was to offer student-athletes a second probability at one other program, not a doorway for brand spanking new coaches to shove gamers out the emergency exits en masse. Faculty soccer is an enormous enterprise, but it surely’s by no means been extra cutthroat than this. We’ve seen coaches make the most of Twitter to attraction to recruits, however they’ve by no means gone full Elon Musk on their gamers in full view.
After assuming management of Twitter, Musk considered himself as a hammer who noticed nails throughout rattling place. He shortly started firing builders and mocked them in tweets, then backtracked on large plans after he obtained out entrance his personal skis. The cult of Musk is precisely what Sanders has going for him, however with out the social (media) awkwardness.
Sanders will undoubtedly present a sugar excessive to Colorado that they haven’t skilled in a long time. The expectations are low at Colorado after a 20-year by which they’ve received simply 89 video games. At this level, bowl eligibility can be deemed a productive season. Colorado is Prime Academy 3.0. The unique Prime Academy is defunct thanks partly to Sanders’ incompetence, however whereas it was open, the varsity served as a car for his soccer aspirations.
In response to On3’s Josh Newberg, a torrent of NIL alternatives can be flooding into the College of Colorado. He shortly secured a dedication from 5-star IMG Academy huge receiver Winston Watkins Jr. First he has to make it to 2025 simply to get Watkins on campus.
These are small victories, however one or two 5-star recruits received’t change Colorado’s fortunes within the Pac-12. It is going to take a number of recruiting courses and a training philosophy that can provide them a marginal benefit over the Pac-12’s center class.
After a 13-Zero season at Jackson State, Sanders is flying excessive, however so was Icarus. Sanders’ recruiting benefit at Jackson State can be nullified within the Pac-12. CB Travis Hunter received’t be sufficient to single handedly raise Colorado’s secondary and Shiloh Sanders wasn’t a full-time starter at South Carolina earlier in his profession.
Former 4-star prep quarterback Shedeur Sanders would be the beginning quarterback in 2023, however the hole between him and his SWAC friends has been erased. In opposition to SWAC competitors, Deion tried to throw him into the Heisman dialogue. In 2023, Shedeur can be measured in opposition to extra completed starters like Washington State’s Cameron Ward, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., USC’s Caleb Williams. The No. 2 quarterback in Shedeur’s prep class in 2021 can be a backup for the Huskies. The No. 7 quarterback in 247 Sports activities’ Composite Rankings, Ty Thompson, misplaced his beginning job at Oregon to Auburn switch Bo Nix.
Colorado wants an grownup in cost as a lot because it wants wins. The Elon Musk bravado labored in a convention that cares extra about halftime reveals than soccer, however we’ve seen how his overconfidence and alienation technique has decimated his private wealth in addition to that of Twitter and Tesla. Sanders will make the most of the switch portal and his distinctive connections to draw NIL cash, celebrities and make highschool athletes conscious that the College of Colorado exists. He’s already created a brand new vitality across the program, however his precise teaching acumen and skill to construct a D-I staff workers can be examined.
Deion Sanders’ Colorado soccer stint will both be his crowning achievement or a real-life parable for Icarus flying too near the solar.