Class of 2025 wide receiver Winston Watkins Jr. of Fort Myers (FL) announced his commitment to Colorado Sunday afternoon.
The 5-foot-10, 170 pounder chose the Buffaloes over Alabama, Ohio State, Tennessee, and others. He was formerly committed to Texas A&M.
Watkins on why he chose Colorado
“Deion Sanders!” Watkins said. “He is the goat and will always be. He’s an amazing coach and can develop me as a player and person.”
Deion’s first commitment + trusting his vision
“It’s a blessing,” Watkins said. “I’m glad he believes in me and I can’t wait til he gets there for a game and turns the program around.”
Winston Watkins doesn’t plan on decommitting
“I’m definitely going to do some recruiting,” Watkins said. “I’m locked in, we are going to make the program great again.”
Watkins currently ranks as the No. 20 player in the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that accounts for all four major recruiting services. He also tabs in as the No. 4 wide receiver and the No. 3 player in the state of Florida.
Deion Sanders agrees to become next head football coach at Colorado
Colorado officially announced the news shortly after reports broke of his Sanders’ hiring:
“Deion Sanders, known as “Prime Time” during his Hall of Fame playing career and has since transitioned into “Coach Prime,” has been named the 28th full-time head football coach at the University of Colorado, athletic director Rick George announced Saturday evening.”
Athletic director Rick George released the following statement on Sanders with the announcement:
“There were a number of highly qualified and impressive candidates interested in becoming the next head football coach at Colorado, but none of them had the pedigree, the knowledge and the ability to connect with student-athletes like Deion Sanders,” George said. “Not only will Coach Prime energize our fanbase, I’m confident that he will lead our program back to national prominence while leading a team of high quality and high character.”
This news comes after Deion Sanders previously confirmed that Colorado has offered him the job. However, there were reports that the Buffaloes weren’t the only team in on Sanders.
In three seasons at Jackson State, Sanders led the Tigers to a 27-5 record. That includes two conference championship seasons and appearances in the Celebration Bowl.
Deion Sanders landed at Jackson State in 2020, with his previous coaching experience coming at the high school level. He quickly turned Jackson State into a juggernaut among HBCU schools, largely through his ability to recruit.