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Deion Sanders Looks For Strange, Family-Related Attributes in Recruits

(David Zalubowski)

Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders talked about the various attributes he looks for in recruits. By position group, Sanders looks for different things, often related to family or grades.

Sanders mentioned three position groups in his interview on The Rich Eisen Show.

“Quarterbacks, are different. We want mother-father, you know dual-parent. We want that kid to be 3.5 [GPA] and up because he’s gotta be smart. Not bad decisions on the field at all because he has to be a leader of men.Sanders said to Eisen.

Sanders continued on to say about quarterbacks “you’d love a coach’s son,” which is ironic since his quarterback this season will be his own son, Jackson State transfer Shedeur Sanders. Eisen gave him a smirk when he said that.

Prime Time went on to continue his rant about recruiting certain positions. A common theme that Sanders mentioned was family.

“O-Lineman, I look for dual-parent homes, a strong father that they adhere to, smart kid, at least a 3.3 [GPA] and above,” Sanders said.

This one is not as bad I suppose. These are all positive attributes…

“Now my defensive lineman is totally opposite. Single momma, trying to get it, he’s on free lunch. I’m talking about just trying to make it. He trying to rescue momma!”

Okay, this one’s a little strange. He just straight up said he prefers defensive-line recruits that come from single-mother households. Essentially, he said he prefers defensive linemen recruits that come from less income without saying it directly.

Breaking down what Sanders said based on position, some of the things he said made sense. You want your quarterback to be smart, and a good decision-maker. Your offensive lineman? You want them to be a cohesive unit. Again, not sure what family has to do with blocking people, but I see what he means.

And I suppose he wants the defensive lineman to be aggressive and fired up? I don’t know, it’s hard to pick out why Sanders thinks the way he does.

You can like recruits based on grades and decision-making. That’s fair. Where I think Prime crossed the line is when he started to bring up recruiting from single-parent houses.

Recruit based on talent, effort and skill. Recruit based on who you believe will be the best player and teammate. Not on who comes from the most or the least!

Maybe I’m crazy, but I just think this is a little strange to say publicly. Maybe just keep this one within tight circles around your coaching staff.

Who am I to question Prime, though?!

Colorado is about to have the most interesting season of all time. We’re grabbing our popcorn and counting down the days until this season kicks off.

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