Analyst sends damning message on Shilo Sanders' desperate Colorado football recruiting plea on social media

Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes safety Shilo Sanders (21) against the Arizona
Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes safety Shilo Sanders (21) against the Arizona / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Shilo Sanders' social media post asking recruits interested in the Colorado football program to DM him if they play on the defensive side of the ball and to contact Shedeur Sanders if they play offensively was ripped by Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde during an appearance on the “College Football Enquirer” podcast.

"It was pretty eye opening when Shilo Sanders is putting on Instagram defensive transfers DM me. Offensive transfers DM Shedeur," Forde prefaced before saying, "This is not Last Chance U. It's like, wait a minute, who's the recruiting coordinator there, and who isn't? Like Deion's kids are taking over.

"Yeah, that's heartwarming," Forde said when Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel chimed in saying it was "family businesses." "But what's the recruiting coordinator doing to earn his money? And what's Deion doing recruiting wise? Is he actually doing anything? He certainly isn't going on the road recruiting."

Shedeur Sanders' recruiting helped Colorado football land Jordan Seaton

Pump the brakes here. Shilo and Shedeur are not the main recruiting coordinators at CU -- they're a starting safety and the team's starting quarterbacks, of course -- but they are proficient recruiting tools for the Buffs.

Without them, particularly Shedeur, who knows if Colorado still land Jordan Seaton; who repeatedly stressed the importance of Deion Sanders and his kids in his decision to spurn Tennessee's NIL millions and the chance to play for the Washington D.C. native's home state (kind of) Maryland.

It's easy to criticize players doing the jobs of paid recruiting staffers, but in Boulder, things operate differently. Sanders' kids are important to the program's culture, and may still recruit for the Buffs even after they're in the NFL. Deion Sanders Jr. is part of the program's efforts, so perhaps the two will continue helping their father build something sustainable at CU in 2025 and beyond as well.