In Coach Prime’s first team meeting, “We Coming” we a prevalent message to his team. It appears as though the media heard that message loud and clear! Fox College Football posted a way to early top 25 and Colorado’s already at 21 (Article here)!!
With the 2022 season now in the books, it's time for @RJ_Young's way-too-early Top 25 for next season 🙌
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— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) January 10, 2023
That’s a far cry from a Colorado team that had rough PFF grades throughout the 2022 season, on their way to only 1 win and a new coaching staff. In comes Coach Prime and he got right to work, utilizing the transfer portal to bring over some of his team from Jackson State. So far, we’ve seen Colorado land some 3-star, 4-stars and a 5-star prospect (WR Travis Hunter), and there’s still time for more!
Colorado Transfer Portal – Incoming Reinforcements!
When you look at what they’ve landed thus far, there’s some real optimism leading into the upcoming season. Coach Prime’s brought some of his guys in, from his son, quarterback Shedeur Sanders to others like WR Travis Hunter, offensive lineman Tyler Brown, safety Cam’Ron Silmon, kicker Alejandro Mata, linebacker Jeremiah Brown and cornerback Tayvion Beasley.
To some familiar names outside JSU, such as former NFL kicker Jay Feely‘s sone Jace:
After some great talks with STC Trevor Reilly and coach Prime I have been offered and decided to commit to the University of Colorado thank you for investing in me and allowing me to be apart of bringing the buffaloes back to national prominence @CUBuffs #GoBuffs 🦬 pic.twitter.com/LOojdYM7uM
— Jace Feely (@jace_feely) January 6, 2023
As well as Arkansas safety Myles Slusher. Florida tackle Yousef Mughabril. Punter Mark Vassett. Arkansas State tight end Seydou Traore. UCF wideout Jimmy Horn Jr. Western Michigan edge rusher Marshawn Kneeland. Missouri state guard Landon Bebee. Dartmouth edge rusher Shane Cokes. Kent State offensive tackle Savion Washington. Clemson linebacker LaVonta Bentley. West Virginia Edge Taijh Alston. and Cal running back Champion Johnson.
One thing that should give people excitement is that Coach Prime will have his quarterback, who knows his system. On top of Shedeur, having other players that can help both sides of the ball get these new schemes down will be a HUGE help. I won’t go as far as to say I expect them to be a top-25 squad this year. I also wouldn’t be surprised because Deion Sanders proved alot of people wrong with how fast he turned around JSU.
Colorado: The Road Ahead
Outside of the Fox Sports top 25, I haven’t seen many outlets put Colorado in their lists. This team will have an uphill climb because their schedule gives me .500 vibes. They start the year against TCU, and though we watching Georgia dismantle them in the National Championship, this is a good program. As well as Arizona State, Oregon State Stanford, USC, Oregon and Utah are all tough matchups.
I’d have to think that even if this teams breaks even in 2023, they will see it as a successful season. The coaching staff will have had a near full season of recruiting as well as installing their system. Typically, when you are trying to rebuild a program (nearly from the ground up in this case), you have to look at the long term goals. You can think they will get a bowl game (potentially) but you can’t expect them to go after the pac-12 title in year one.
As a person who loves a good underdog story, this program will be just that in year one. With USC and UCLA going to the Big Ten in 2024, Colorado could quickly climb the mountain. That all depends on their recruiting and developing the young talent they have already.
Thanks For Stopping By!
You can tell Colorado is looking to infuse this 2023 roster with talented athletes. This team will look very different come this fall, and for Colorado fans thats a good thing! Any questions or just want to keep the conversation going, hit me up on Twitter Feel free to @ me or DM me and we can talk more about him and the rest of the 2023 NFL Draft, and don’t forget to check out our Mock Draft’s here on Draft Countdown!