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Deion Sanders took less than 24 hours to start Colorado recruiting boom

It didn’t take long for a top recruit to commit to Colorado after the university hired Deion Sanders as head coach.

It felt like it was only a matter of time until head coach Deion Sanders would make the jump from Jackson State to a Power-5 school. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened this past Saturday, as he told his players after their Pac-12 title game that he’ll be accepting the Colorado Buffaloes head coaching job.

Not even a full day after the university made the hiring official, the program is already seeing what “Coach Prime’s” presence can bring.

On Sunday, IMG Academy five-star wide receiver Winston Watkins announced that he’ll be committing to Colorado as a member of the 2025 class. He shared an image of himself with Sanders on Twitter with a caption reading “let’s make history, Fort Myers wit Fort Myers.”

Deion Sanders hire already having effect on recruits for Colorado

Watkins announced back on Nov. 18 that he would be decommitting from the Texas A&M Aggies program less than a year after committing. Over two weeks after making the announcement, Watkins received an offer from Colorado, which he accepted.

247Sports Composite ranks Watkins as a five-star recruit, the fourth-best wide receiver in the nation and the third-best overall recruit in the state of Florida.

While the Buffaloes did get the commitment from Watkins, they are also in the running for another wide receiver.

USF wide receiver Jimmy Horn Jr. entered the transfer portal back on Nov. 29, and on Sunday, revealed his final four teams that he will visit, with Colorado being one of them. The three other teams are Penn State, Houston, and Texas A&M.

In his two seasons with the USF Bulls, Horn caught 67 passes for 959 yards and four touchdowns.

Sanders has shown throughout his three years at Jackson State that he is a really good recruiter. That was evidenced when he managed to get No. 1 recruit Travis Hunter to flip his commitment from Florida State to Jackson State.

Not even 24 hours after the move was made official, Sanders has seen a top-five recruit commit to Colorado already. Not to mention that they could potentially get Horn to transfer to Boulder. Not a bad start to the Sanders era.

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