IMG's Jordan Seaton (77) holds off Lipscomb's Beck Woodside (35) at Lipscomb's Reese Smith Football Field in Nashville, Tenn., Friday night, Aug. 18, 2023.

Top 2024 OT Jordan Seaton commits to Colorado

Jordan Seaton, ranked as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation by the 247Sports composite, committed Thursday to Colorado.

He was the final five-star prospect in the 2024 class to commit and chose coach Deion Sanders and the Buffaloes over schools that included Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oregon and Florida.

The composite lists the 6-foot-5, 287-pound Seaton as the No. 15 overall player in the class. He played his senior season this fall at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., after transferring from St. John’s High School in Washington, D.C.

He announced his commitment on Fox Sports 1’s “Undisputed” on Thursday morning.

In the past, he told 247Sports that Colorado had one thing the other schools couldn’t offer: Sanders.

“My favorite thing about that program is probably the head coach,” Seaton has told 247Sports in the past. “He’s a gold jacket. He knows what it looks like.”

This is the second straight season that Sanders has recruited a No. 1 player at his position to Colorado. In the 2023 class, it was cornerback Cormani McClain.

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Oct 28, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders reacts against the UCLA Bruins in the second half at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado’s Deion Sanders named SI’s Sportsperson of Year

Colorado head coach Deion Sanders was named Sportsperson of the Year by Sports Illustrated, the magazine announced Thursday.

The selection of Sanders is a curious one given the Buffaloes followed up a 3-0 start to the season with losses in eight of their final nine games.

Sanders, however, took over a Colorado club that limped to a 1-11 record in 2022 and promptly welcomed players to “go ahead and jump in the portal,” an obvious sign that a roster overhaul was on the way. Accompanying the Pro Football Hall of Famer were others from Jackson State, including his son Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter.

Colorado’s games became appointment-viewing given his star power and over-the-top style. So much so that the team sold out its home games for the season for the first time in history.

“Deion Sanders dominated the sports conversation in 2023 as a transformative figure not just in Colorado, but for the entire realm of college sports,” Stephen Cannella, editor in chief of Sports Illustrated, said in a statement. “On and off the field, he represents a new model for the modern college coach.”

Sanders, 56, was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and six-time All-Pro during his NFL career. He won two Super Bowl titles and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame in 2011.

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Jun 15, 2022; Ashburn, Virginia, USA; Washington Commanders defensive end Montez Sweat (90) talks with special consultant and NFL Hall of Fame member Warren Sapp (R) on day two of minicamp at The Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado’s Deion Sanders set to add Warren Sapp to staff

Warren Sapp is expected to join the coaching staff of fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame member Deion Sanders at Colorado in 2024.

Sanders said he was adding Sapp during his weekly coaching show this week.

“I’m excited about Coach Sapp,” Sanders said Wednesday. “He’s going to be invaluable to what he brings to the table … as far as the recruits as well, they’re going to love him.”

Sapp, who played defensive tackle in the NFL, spent time with the Colorado program in the 2023 season in an unofficial role. Sanders did not indicate what position Sapp, 50, would fill.

Colorado began the first season of Sanders’ coaching tenure with a 3-0 record but has lost five straight games to fall to 4-7, with just one win in the Pac-12. The Buffaloes will close their season on Saturday at Utah (7-4).

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Nov 11, 2023; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders before the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Prime relocation: Colorado’s Deion Sanders dodges A&M question

Responding to a question regarding the Texas A&M coaching vacancy, Colorado coach Deion Sanders said on Tuesday he wasn’t thinking about any openings, instead focusing on helping the struggling Buffaloes rebound.

“Man, I want to win,” Sanders told reporters. “I want to win a game. So you think I really do sit down and think about that kind of stuff? Like what strikes me about that, about myself, that you guys really think I sit down and say, ‘Oh, yeah, (ESPN personality) Stephen A. (Smith), yeah.’ C’mon, c’mon. I’m good. Like, we gotta win. Let’s focus on this week.”

After gaining national coverage following a 3-0 start, Colorado has lost six of seven and must win its final two games, starting Friday night at Washington State, to become bowl-eligible.

However, four of the Buffaloes’ six losses have been by seven points or fewer, a marked improvement over last season’s 1-11 campaign.

Despite the turnaround, recruits are concerned that Sanders won’t stay long at Colorado, including one recruit in Florida who recently withdrew his commitment to the program in 2025.

“I tell them what I told them when I came: I’m here, I’m here,” Sanders said when asked what he would tell the parents of potential recruits. “I tell ‘em my mother’s here. My sister’s here. My dog is here. My daughter’s here. Three of my sons are here. My other daughter comes to darn near every home game. We’re here. I get mail here… I pay taxes here… I’m here. I don’t hear that. Maybe our recruiting staff hears it, but I don’t hear it. I’m too honest with parents. I’m gonna tell ‘em the truth.”

Sanders has three children who are student-athletes at Colorado, having transferred from Jackson State, where he previously coached. If his children were to transfer again, they would possibly have to sit out a season.

Colorado quarterback Shedeur Sanders would be a senior next fall, if he doesn’t enter the 2024 NFL Draft. His brother Shilo, who graduated from Jackson State after transferring from South Carolina, has one year of eligibility remaining. Their sister Shelomi is a redshirt freshman walk-on on Colorado’s women’s basketball team.

Texas A&M fired coach Jimbo Fisher on Sunday and will pay him a $77 million buyout.

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Sep 9, 2023; Durham, North Carolina, USA;  Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Elko looks on before the game against the Lafayette Leopards at Wallace Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Take 5: Texas A&M candidates to replace Jimbo Fisher

After digesting the $77 million buyout Texas A&M owes fired coach Jimbo Fisher, the next logical question is who will replace him.

The Aggies will no doubt swing for the fences, with athletic director Ross Bjork acknowledging the expectation is that Texas A&M “should be relevant on the national scene.”

The record buyout coming Fisher’s way is evidence that money is little obstacle in the Aggies’ quest to become nationally relevant. Supported by a wealthy booster base and NIL money, Fisher was able to haul in impressive recruiting classes, but was not able to beat marquee opponents with any consistency.

The resources available to the next head coach no doubt makes Texas A&M a highly desirable destination. However, time is of the essence with the upcoming transfer portal opening Dec. 4.

Several are Aggies likely to strongly consider moving on to new schools, with freshman wide receiver Raymond Cottrell the first to announce he’s leaving. But can Texas A&M land a big-name coach before season’s end — especially one who may be in the College Football Playoff picture?

With that, here are five early candidates to replace Fisher in College Station.

–Deion Sanders, Colorado
Sanders’ name will come up with most any opening at a major program. Despite the Buffaloes’ struggles following a 2-0 start, there is no denying the impact Sanders has had in Boulder. That’s from turning the program around on the field to infusing the entire city — heck, the nation — with Buffaloes football fever. The financial gain to the entire area is undeniable as well. Question is, would he leave Colorado after just one year, especially if son Shedeur Sanders returns for his senior season? Deion’s five-year contract at Colorado is for $29.5 million — money that Texas A&M can dwarf. But do the Aggies and their boosters believe he’s ready to compete in the SEC just yet?

–Kalen DeBoer, Washington
One of the most respected coaches on the West Coast, DeBoer has done an impressive job in building the Huskies into a College Football Playoff threat in just two years. One drawback is that DeBoer’s recruiting map has largely been on the West Coast. But like the others who have turned around major programs in seemingly the blink of an eye, DeBoer works the transfer portal well. Washington was DeBoer’s breakout job after a two-year stint at Fresno State, and the 49-year-old is revered in Seattle. But if the Aggies’ priority is to revitalize their offense, DeBoer may garner strong attention.

–Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss
Kiffin, 48, is completing his fourth season at Ole Miss, and he rebuffed other potential openings last year. His contract carries a large buyout — the figure isn’t publicly known — but Kiffin is another offensive mind that could get the most out of Texas A&M’s current talent pool, help retain those considering transferring out of College Station and pluck marquee names out of the portal. Kiffin also knows how to compete in the SEC, getting the Rebels inside the Top 10 in the CFP.

–Dan Lanning, Oregon
The Ducks are backed by plenty of Phil Knight money, so the Aggies will have to appeal to Lanning on other levels. The 37-year-old Missouri native took over at Oregon just two years ago after Mario Cristobal left for Miami. The entire coaching staff was new at the time, but Lanning has been able to elevate the Ducks into national title contenders by recruiting well and working the portal. He cut his coaching teeth under the likes of Nick Saban and Kirby Smart, so a return to compete against his mentors in the SEC could prove enticing.

–Mike Elko, Duke
Elko, 46, is highly respected and likely to garner interest from multiple programs. However, Texas A&M has the inside edge as Elko served as Fisher’s defensive coordinator from 2018-21. He left to take over Duke two years ago, and had the Blue Devils ranked in the top 15 earlier this season after being named the ACC coach of the year in 2022. Elko accomplished the feat by working the transfer portal extremely well — something the Aggies’ next head coach must do to help fortify the depth chart. The biggest question may be whether Elko is ready to leave Duke after only two seasons, but Texas A&M may prove to good an opportunity to pass up, and Elko has already made 10 stops during his 25-year coaching career.

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Oct 28, 2023; Pasadena, California, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders talks with offensive tackle Kareem Harden (77) in the first half against the UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Police recover some items linked to Rose Bowl theft

Some of the possessions, including jewelry, that Colorado football players reported stolen after last weekend’s loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl have been recovered, Pasadena, Calif., police said.

In a statement issued Friday, police said the recovered items had been returned to the players, but the search continues for the rest of the stolen goods. The items were located upon the execution of a search warrant, and the suspects in the case are juveniles, according to police.

“The Pasadena Police Department would like to thank those who reported leads to our tip line,” the statement said. “The information and support are invaluable and play a crucial role in helping us ensure safety and security in our community. Our detectives worked diligently to follow up on all leads, which resulted in the quick execution of search warrants. The investigation will be ongoing.”

Earlier this week, Colorado head coach Deion Sanders called on the NCAA and the Rose Bowl venue itself to reimburse the players for their stolen jewelry and other items.

“NCAA, you do something about everything else,” Sanders said. “Do something about this one.”

Sanders said the Colorado program was putting together an accounting of all the items the players and staff said they lost.

“All that stuff should be replaced,” Sanders said. “This is the Rose Bowl. It’s at the grandaddy off them all, right? I’m sure grandaddy has some money. Grandpa should have some money to give these kids. I’m gonna have a list made out for these kids, and I know they’re gonna be truthful about what they lost so we can try to get that back for them. They may not be able to get the items back but we should be able to reimburse.”

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Deion Sanders walks the sidelines as the Colorado plays Arizona State at Mountain America Stadium.

Deion Sanders wants action after alleged locker-room theft

Colorado football players reported the theft of jewelry and other valuables from the locker room at the Rose Bowl following their loss to UCLA on Saturday night, but coach Deion Sanders doesn’t want police to be the sole investigators.

In his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Sanders called on the NCAA to investigate and for the officials who oversee the iconic stadium in Pasadena, Calif., to see to it that the players are reimbursed. Police in Pasadena are investigating.

“NCAA, you do something about everything else,” Sanders said. “Do something about this one.”

Sanders said the Colorado program is putting together an accounting of all the items the players and staff said they lost. and when he has it together, the Rose Bowl itself could get the bill.

“All that stuff should be replaced,” Sanders said. “This is the Rose Bowl. It’s at the grandaddy off them all, right? I’m sure grandaddy has some money. Grandpa should have some money to give these kids. I’m gonna have a list made out for these kids, and I know they’re gonna be truthful about what they lost so we can try to get that back for them. They may not be able to get the items back but we should be able to reimburse.”

The NCAA has yet to comment on Sanders’ remarks.

The Buffaloes (4-4, 1-4) host No. 16 Oregon State (6-2, 3-2) on Saturday.

Sanders said that in the future, Colorado will provide security for the locker room, although he didn’t necessarily think before Saturday that the Rose Bowl would need such precautions.

“You’re in the Rose Bowl,” Sanders said. “Who robs the Rose Bowl? Somebody.”

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Deion Sanders walks the sidelines as the Colorado plays Arizona State at Mountain America Stadium.

Colorado earns commitment from 2025 4-star QB Antwann Hill Jr.

Four-star quarterback Antwann Hill Jr. committed to coach Deion Sanders and Colorado on Friday.

The signal-caller is ranked No. 66 overall and the No. 6 quarterback in the Class of 2025, according to the 247Sports composite.

Hill, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound prospect from Georgia, chose the Buffaloes over Alabama, Florida and Penn State.

“To sum it up I can tell they really care about me and want me to take over the program when Shedeur leaves,” Hill told On3, referring to Sanders’ son and Colorado starting quarterback Shedeur Sanders. “So whenever Coach Prime said that, I knew he was being 100 percent honest with me and I knew I would be a fool not take this opportunity that Coach Prime had provided me with.”

Hill is the third player from the 2025 recruiting class to commit to Colorado and the second four-star, joining wide receiver Winston Watkins Jr.

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Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders on late-night kickoffs: ‘Dumbest thing ever’

Don’t try to sell Colorado coach Deion Sanders on the benefit of the television exposure generated by the Pac-12’s nighttime games.

The Buffaloes play host to Stanford on Friday, with kickoff at 8 p.m. local time in Boulder, Colo.

“Who makes these 8 o’clock games? That is the dumbest thing ever,” Sanders said Tuesday on his weekly local radio appearance. “It’s the stupidest thing ever in life. Who wants to stay up until 8 o’clock for a dern game? What about the East Coast? Do they even care about ratings or anybody watching it?”

Noting that his players will be in a hotel leading up to the game, as is typical ahead of home contests, Sanders said, “What are we supposed to do with the kids all day until 8 o’clock? What are we supposed to do all day until 8 o’clock? What are you supposed to do in the hotel? What are you supposed to do all day?”

He later added, “Thank God we’re not going to be in this conference (beyond this season).”

Colorado announced this summer it is leaving the Pac-12 and returning to the Big 12 for the beginning of the 2024-25 academic year. Colorado left the Big 12 for the Pac-12 in 2011.

Colorado played one late-night game already this season, and it stretched past 2 a.m. ET. The Buffaloes emerged with a 43-35, double-overtime victory over Colorado State on Sept. 16. That contest drew ESPN’s highest-ever viewership for a late-night college football game, 9.3 million.

The Buffaloes (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) bounced back from consecutive losses to beat Arizona State 27-24 last week. Stanford (1-4, 0-3) won its opener at Hawaii but has since lost four in a row, including a 42-6 blowout against visiting Oregon last weekend.

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Sep 9, 2023; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Travis Hunter (12) following the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Deion Sanders: ‘Tremendous chance’ Travis Hunter returns vs. Stanford

Colorado two-way star Travis Hunter is closer than ever to returning to game action after suffering a lacerated liver Sept. 16.

Colorado (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) hosts Stanford on Friday night before a bye week.

“There’s a tremendous chance he could play,” Buffaloes coach Deion Sanders told reporters Tuesday. “It goes by how he looks, how he performs in practice, how his wind is. … He has to be in shape. I don’t want him to be a liability. I want him always to be a tremendous asset.”

Sanders previously said it was his “dream and desire” that Hunter stayed out until after the bye week, but Hunter has been persistent.

“He came to me (Monday) morning saying, ‘What more can I do to help us get to the point that we need to get to?’” Sanders said. “So I love the team aspect of Travis 100 percent. I hope he can play.”

Sanders added that Hunter will be wearing “protection” around the liver area.

Hunter suffered the injury during the Buffaloes’ 43-35 double-overtime win over Colorado State on Sept. 16. The wide receiver/defensive back took a tough late hit at the sideline from Rams safety Henry Blackburn and hasn’t played since.

A former five-star high school recruit, Hunter plays wide receiver and cornerback for Sanders at Colorado after following the coach there from Jackson State. In the first three games of 2023, Hunter had 16 catches for 233 yards on offense and one interception, two pass breakups and nine tackles on defense.

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