Coach Prime can provide star Colorado football son one more insurance plan

Coach Prime could provide his star Colorado football son one more insurance plan this offseason, predicts one analyst.
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BuffZone's Brian Howell can imagine Coach Prime potentially adding one more quarterback to the Colorado football room as an insurance policy for his star son, Shedeur Sanders, ahead of No. 2's final year of eligibility in 2024.

With that said, it should be noted that Howell also floated the possibility that the current QB room could remain as is with now-proven big-game player Ryan Staub and a pair of incoming Power Five transfers.

"Rising senior Shedeur Sanders is the starter and on the mend from injuries that cut his 2023 season a game and a half short," Howell prefaced before saying, "Redshirt freshman Ryan Staub, who looked good in the finale at Utah, is also slated to return. Two sophomore transfers, Walter Taylor (Vanderbilt) and Destin Wade (Kentucky) have boosted the depth. The Buffs could add another QB, but look solid with this group."

Colorado football in seeming recruiting freeze amidst mass changes to coaching staff

Coach Prime brought on Phil Loadholt as offensive line coach, brought on a veteran transfer portal haul to protect Shedeur, in addition to a few depth pieces at other positions of need and key defensive trench talent, brought in one of his biggest recruiting wins ever as a head coach in Jordan Seaton, and then lost Charles Kelly ahead of the new year.

Since then, things have been quiet in Boulder. Things will certainly heat up as the spring game approaches in April, but the coaching search has been quiet.

Is Pat Shurmur the full-time offensive coordinator? Coach Prime hasn't officially declared him such, though he has hinted that was the case. How about the defensive coordinator job? Kelly's departure revealed he always wanted Auburn, but who wants to work closely with the defensive-minded "Prime Time"?

These questions will determine what the next steps on the recruiting trail look like for a program that may not be done tweaking things ahead of the spring game. We already know tweaks will come after that.