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Tracking every signing of Deion Sanders’ first class for the CU Buffs

Dec 21, 2022, 8:20 AM | Updated: Jan 19, 2023, 6:13 pm
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(Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Deion Sanders just got to Boulder over the weekend after coaching Jackson State for three seasons and now the former incredible athlete dubbed Prime Time turned Coach Prime is signing his first prospects to the Colorado Buffaloes roster on Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

Sanders is already bringing the best quarterback prospect the Buffaloes have had in 20 years in his son Shedeur Sanders. While Shedeur was balling out in the Sanders’ final game for the Tigers in the Celebration Bowl, he was connecting with the former top prospect in all of high school football Travis Hunter who is likely to come to Boulder.

Sanders told the Daily Camera that signing day is just a start, saying, “Wednesday’s a big deal, but there’s a continuation after that. A lot of guys are in bowl games, and they can’t get in the portal. They don’t want to get into portal (yet). So Wednesday’s a big deal, but it’s not the end-all.”

Coach Prime mentioned in the story that he plans for about 20% of the roster to be high school recruits, 40% to be graduate transfers, and another 40% to be undergraduate transfers.

As the Buffs class comes together we’ll keep updating this list, which has climbed into the top 25 overall classes in the country.

So here is Sanders start with the Colorado Buffaloes, his first class on National Signing Day:

QB: Kasen Weisman, 6-2, 180, Douglasville, GA, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

WR: Omarion Miller, 6-2, 190, Vivian, LA, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆☆

WR: Isaiah Hardge, 5-10, 160, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

ATH: Adam Hopkins, 6-0, 170, Thomasville, GA, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆☆

S: Jaden Milliner-Jones, 5-11, 190, DeSoto, TX, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

WR: Jordan Onovughe, 6-2, 190, Santa Ana, CA, (Mater Dei), 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

QB: Ryan Staub, 6-1, 190, Stevenson Ranch, CA, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

LB: Victory Johnson, 6-4, 230, San Diego, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

RB: Dylan Edwards, 5-9, 165 Derby, KS, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆☆

OL: Hank Zilinskas, 6-3, 274, Cherry Creek, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

WR: Jacob Paige, 6-3, 176, Mufreesboro, TN, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

CB: Carter Stoutmire, 5-11, 170, Plano, TX, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

WR: Morgan Person, 6-1, 220, Ardmore, OK, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

LB: Kofi Taylor-Barrocks, 6-3, 220, England, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

Edge: Taje McCoy, 6-3, 245, Oklahoma City, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

WR: Asaasd Waseem, 6-0, 175, Ocoee, FL, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

The Buffs also added a ton of transfers:

LB: Taylor Upshaw, Michigan, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

CB: Kyndrich Breedlove, Ole Miss, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

EDGE: Jordan Domineck, Arkansas, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

P: Mark Vassett, 6-4, 220, Louisville, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

K: Jace Feely, 6-0, 215, Arizona State, former 24/7 rating: N/A

CB: Tayvion Beasley, 5-11, 170, Jackson State, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

S: Cam’ron Silmon-Craig, 5-10, 175, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

LB: Jeremiah Brown, 6-2, 217, Jackson State, former 24/7 rating: N/A

K: Alejandro Mata, 5-9, 180, Jackson State, former 24/7 rating: N/A

TE: Seydou Traore. 6-4, 210, Arkansas State, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

WR: Jimmy Horn Jr., 5-9, 170, USF, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

DL: Marshawn Kneeland, 6-4, 275, Western Michigan, former 24/7 rating: N/A

ATH: Travis Hunter, 6-1, 165, Jackson State, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

OL: Tyler Brown, 6-3, 319, Jackson State, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

QB: Shedeur Sanders, 6-2, 198, Jackson State, 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆☆

OL: Jack Wilty, 6-4, 309, Northern Illinois, 24/7 rating: N/A

OL: Isaiah Jatta, 6-6, 310, Snow College (JUCO), 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

DL: Shane Cokes, 6-3, 276, Dartmouth, former 24/7 rating: N/A

OL: Landon Bebee, 6-3, 298, Missouri State, former 24/7 rating: N/A

DL: Taijh Alston, 5-11, 229 pounds, West Virginia, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆

LB: LaVonta Bentley, 5-11, 229, Clemson, former 24/7 rating: ☆☆☆☆

Here’s more details on the newest Buffs:

Kasen Weisman is a former Kansas commit, who is one of three new quarterbacks coming to Boulder. The No. 18 signee of the class played 28 games over three seasons in high school. Weisman threw for 4,432 yards and 38 touchdowns with 15 scores on the ground.

Omarion Miller is a tall wide out and former Nebraska commit who also had offers from giants like Arkansas, LSU, Miami and Mississippi State. He averaged over 22 yards a catch as a three-year starter in high school, scoring 43 touchdowns.

Isaiah Hardge is joining the Buffaloes a week after helping St. Thomas Aquinas to a fourth straight title. The three-star originally committed to Colorado in April, picking the Buffaloes over several power fives like Florida, Penn State and Texas A&M. The wide out also has played cornerback and returner.

Adam Hopkins will go down as one of the better signees of the class, the secondary member and wide out is tabbed to play in the Under Armour All-American game next month. He held offers from some of the biggest schools in the country and was also expected to goto Auburn.

Jaden Milliner-Jones flipped his commitment from SMU to CU in a surprise move on Wednesday morning. The No. 56 recruit out of the Dallas area, Milliner-Jones hails from DeSoto, which has also produced great Buffs like KD Nixon and Laviska Shenault.

Jordan Onovughe was the leading receiver for football power Mater Dei this past season. He had a chance to goto Stanford but picked CU.

Ryan Staub is another Karl Dorrell signee who is staying with Colorado. The pro-style quarterback led his high school team to an 11-1 record this past year and will join the Buffaloes next month. Staub threw for 3,008 yards and 37 touchdowns his senior seaosn.

Victory Johnson chose Colorado over five other Pac-12 schools, and is a big-time linebacker from California. He’ll join his brother Champion Johnson in Boulder.

Dylan Edwards committed to Colorado earlier in the month as is the first four-star signing of the class. He’s speedy little back, who runs a sub 4.4 40-yard dash. As a senior this fall, he had 1,900 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns on the ground, while also adding 227 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 15 catches. He is one of ESPN’s top 300 players in the country.

Hank Zilinskas comes from a line of successful offensive lineman. His dad and older brother played college football and his younger brother will likely follow Hank as well. Zilinskas helped Cherry Creek two the last two state titles, where he played on both lines. A former commit to Karl Dorrell, he is the first Colorado kid who has pledge to stay home and play for Sanders.

Jacob Paige caught 66 passes for 1,233 yards as an upperclassman in high school and had a dozen power five options. The No. 85 ranked receiver in the country is part of Coach Prime’s first class at CU.

Carter Stoutmire flipped from Pac-12 foe Arizona earlier in the week. He’s the son of former longtime NFL safety Omar Stoutmire, who was once a teammate of his now college coach.

Morgan Person is another Oklahoman joining the Buffs defense. A former sought-after baseball player is choosing CU after a visit to Mel Tucker’s Michigan State. He was a commit of the old staff but one of seven Coach Prime wanted to keep.

Taje McCoy is coming to Colorado over several other power five schools. He’s a good run stuffer from Oklahoma and the 46th-best edge in this class.

Kofi Taylor-Barrocks is expected to participate in the Under Armour All-American game next month, one issue: he’s from across the pond. The linebacker picked up nearly a dozen offers on his US tour but he’s signing to Sanders’ Buffs.

Asaasd Waseem is the first signee of Deion Sanders’ tenure in Boulder, and he’s a fast wideout from Florida. He made 82 catches in his senior season of high school and picked up 24 offers, 13 of which were from other power five schools.

—Transfers—

Mark Vassett ranked 18th in FBS last year with 44.6 yards per punt not and was named an All-ACC honorable mention for his efforts. Soon-to-be 27-years-old, he’s a native of Australia.

Jace Feely is the son of NFL kicker Jay Feely. At ASU he kicked one extra point and is one of two kickers coming into Boulder.

Tayvion Beasley was a highly regarded prospect coming out of California’s St. John Bosco last year, and chose to play for Coach Prime in Jackson. He’s following Sanders to Boulder after nine games for the SWAC school.

Cam’ron Silmon-Craig played two seasons for Jackson State, where he totaled 111 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, and five interceptions.

Jeremiah Brown is an edge rusher who has played 20 games over the past two seasons at Jackson State with 52 tackles, 11 of those for a loss and seven sacks. Brown had some big offers coming out of high school.

Alejandro Mata played all 13 games as a true freshman this past year Jackson State in 2022 and hit 12-of-13 field goals and 50-of-51 extra points. The second-team All-SWAC player only missed kicks when they were blocked.

Seydou Traore picked Boulder over Utah on Sunday. He only caught 11 passes his first season which is understandable when you notice the England-born tight end never played 11-man football before. The honorable mention All-American this past season caught a team-best 50 passes for 655 yards.

Jimmy Horn Jr. is a huge pickup from USF, a first-team All-AAC receiver last season with 37 catches for 551 yards and five touchdowns. He was also a dynamic returner. At 5-9, 170-pounds, he led his school to the Florida 8A state title in 2020 and was a four-star recruit.

Marshawn Kneeland earned a Pro Football Focus run grade of 85.5, worthy for 18th best in the nation. He made 38 total tackles, 10 of which were for a loss while on the Broncos last year. He comes with two years of eligibility left.

Travis Hunter was the best player in the country coming out of high school, spurring Florida State and several others to join Coach Prime with the Tigers. His lone season in college thus far saw him successfully play both sides of the ball.

Tyler Brown is a a first team All-SWAC player and joins CU to help revamp the Buffs offensive line.

Shedeur Sanders is the star of Jackson State and the son of CU’s new head coach. He’s throw for 3,000 yards in each of his two collegiate seasons with the Tigers. He is the highest-rated quarterback prospect coming to CU in over 20 years.

Jack Wilty had interest from Appalachian State, UTSA, and Buffalo before joining the Buffs. He redshirted in 2020 at NIU before seeing action in eight games at Iowa Central Community College in 2021.

Isaiah Jatta is another signing day surprise. He is a top dozen JUCO recruit in the country and was expected at Auburn after de-committing from South Carolina. He’ll join his former Snow College teammate Deuce Roberson in Boulder, who has already transferred to CU.

Shane Cokes went for 8.5 sacks over the past two season, earning him all-Ivy League honors in 2021 and 2022. Cokes will now ump up a level after spurring a slew of power five schools to sign on in Boulder. He has two years of eligibility left, leaving New Hampshire as a graduate.

Landon Bebee is a signing day stunner, spending the final year of his eligibility in Boulder after playing 42 games in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Taijh Alston has had a nomadic college experience, beginning at East Carolina in 2017, he transferred to Copiah-Lincoln Community College then to West Virginia. As a Mountaineer he recorded seven sacks over the past two seasons. He was part of CU’s big recruiting weekend a few days ago.

LaVonta Bentley the hard-hitting former Tiger has two years of eligibility left. With Clemson he made 73 tackles across 417 defensive snaps in 40 games.

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