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Jordon Davison, nation's No. 1 running back in 2025, wasn't considering Colorado until Deion Sanders 'changed that a lot'

Scorebook Live 1/29/2023 Andrew Nemec
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Since Deion Sanders was hired as head coach at the University of Colorado last month, the program has seen an uptick in interest from bluechip recruits around the country.

And it hasn't just been from athlete in the transfer portal.

Seemingly every weekend Colorado is hosting multiple young bluechip recruits, laying the foundation for potential program-altering recruiting classes in 2024 and 2025.

On Friday, Mater Dei five-star sophomore Jordon Davison, the nation's No. 1 running back in 2025, took an unofficial visit to Boulder and came away impressed. 

"I liked it a lot," he said "The environment was great. The coaching staff was great. You can tell they are building something over there and they are ready to win now. It was a great environment."

Even getting the dynamic 5-foot-11, 180-pound ball-carrier highlights the shift in Colorado's recruiting profile since Sanders took over the program.

According to Davison, the Buffaloes went from a non-factor to a multi-visit option in his recruitment. 

"Colorado wasn't on my radar at all if I'm being honest," he said. "But (Coach Sanders) changed that a lot, because he can build you as a young man on and off the field. He can guide you to where you want to go because he's been through it all." 

While it's early, Davison said he expects the Buffaloes to remain in the mix - and get another visit down the road.

"We've got to see how they turn the program around," he said. "Chances (I take another visit there)? 100 percent. I'll for sure be back up there." 

Davison also recently made a return trip to Texas, where he once again connected with both the coaching staff and current players. 

"I liked Texas a lot — the scheme and the development they are getting over there," he said. "it's amazing. It's awe-inspiring." 

One of the factors in the Longhorns' favor is the recent development of projected NFL first-round draft pick Bijan Robinson.

"That helps a lot," he said. "Every time I go there, I get to sit down and chop it up with Bijan. Every time I go there he tells me about the program. Our relationship is one where we keep it real and 100 percent. He tells me the ins and outs at the program."

Davison intends to take several visits this spring, but has yet to map out a schedule.

However, he did indicate Florida and Tennessee are two programs he hopes to see.

Rated the nation's No. 14 overall prospect, the Mater Dei star has already racked up more than 40 scholarship offers, so he's in no hurry to trim down his list.

Davison said he intends to visit several schools this spring and summer, keep his options open and wait to trim his list until later down the road.

Early on, though, it does seem as though both Colorado and Texas have made positive impressions. 

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