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What Deion Sanders' 40-40-20 model might mean for Colorado

Buffaloes Wire logo Buffaloes Wire 1/24/2023 Tony Cosolo
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For Colorado Buffaloes fans, this winter has been a whirlwind of recruiting wins since the hire of Deion Sanders as head coach. But as revealed in a recent article by David Ubben of The Athletic (subscription required), Coach Prime’s success hasn’t been a mistake.

Athletic director Rick George had big plans when he set out on his coaching search, which included a little extra help from former Buff Jeremy Bloom.

When George arrived in Mississippi to talk with Sanders, they began discussing Sanders’ plan to rebuild Colorado’s roster. From The Athletic’s David Ubben:

Sanders, however, recruited his roster to Jackson State without the backing of a deep-pocketed collective, and with George sitting in his home, Sanders laid out his vision that was similar to what he’d done in Jackson. Sanders refers to it as his 40-40-20 model.

That’s a roster made up of 40 percent graduate transfers, 40 percent undergraduate transfers and 20 percent high school signees.

Although it’s too early to know exactly what Colorado’s roster will look like next season and if Sanders followed his vision, the Buffs have quickly become an elite recruiting machine.

He (Sanders) flipped four-star running back Dylan Edwards from Notre Dame a week after taking the job, giving Colorado its first four-star signee since 2020. He added two more four-star high school signees and so far has the nation’s No. 3 transfer recruiting class, helping the Buffs’ 2023 class ascend into the top 25.

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