Shilo Sanders announces transfer commitment to Colorado

Chandler Vessels05/27/23
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Shilo Sanders, a former Jackson State safety and the son of Deion Sanders, will transfer to play for Colorado in 2023, he announced via YouTube on Saturday night.

There, he will rejoin his father, who left Jackson State after three seasons to become the next Buffaloes head coach.

Shilo Sanders ranked as the No. 57 safety and No. 584 overall player in the 2019 class according to On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting services. He originally committed to South Carolina and redshirted his true freshman season, meaning he will have two seasons of eligibility remaining going forward.

Shilo Sanders later transferred to Jackson State to play for his father ahead of the 2021 season.

In his first year at Jackson State, Shilo Sanders tied for second in the SWAC with four interceptions to go along with 39 tackles, seven passes defended and two forced fumbles. He was also named a second team All-SWAC selection that season.

Shilo Sanders suffered an ACL injury that kept him out to start this season, but eventually made his debut on Oct. 15. So far he has played in six games, recording 15 tackles, one interception and five passes defended.

Sanders is set to join a Colorado team coming off of a 1-11 season in 2022. The Buffaloes have not won more than four games since 2016, which is one of just three winning seasons for the program in the past 20 years.

Sanders will hope to improve a Colorado passing defense that ranked just eighth in the Pac-12 this past season (264.7 yards allowed per game). As for Deion Sanders, his results at Jackson State provide hope he can turn around this program.

In three seasons at Jackson State, he 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.