Colorado football star power could spell trouble to USC trying to retain blue-chip QB

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Coach Prime's Colorado football program has enough star power to have All Trojans' Eva Geitheim worried about USC's chances of keeping 4-star Carrollton quarterback Julian Lewis in their 2025 recruiting class.

"Though Colorado has lost some of their key recruits and commitments after faltering late in the 2023 season and finishing the year 4-8 after a 3-0 start, they do have star power with Deion Sanders as head coach," Geitheim wrote.

"Along with Colorado, Lewis has visited Auburn and plans to visit Georgia in the coming weeks. Given that Lewis goes to Carrollton High School in Georgia, UGA could be a real consideration for him. Alongside Georgia being close to home for Lewis, the Bulldogs have been one of the best college football teams as of late, winning two of the last three National Championships."

Colorado football selling recruits on taking over after Shedeur Sanders leaves

Lewis was likely sold the same dream that Antwann Hill Jr. was once upon a time: that he will take over CU when Shedeur Sanders leaves.

“What led me there is, first, their communication,” Hill said (h/t On3). “They always communicated with me since the time 12:00 am hit that morning on Aug 1st. To sum it up I can tell they really care about me and want me to take over the program when Shedeur leaves. So whenever Coach Prime said that, I knew he was being 100% honest with me and I knew I would be a fool not take this opportunity that Coach Prime had provided me with.”

Hill was skeptical about Coach Prime sticking around past 2024, but he still has the Buffs on his radar after visits with Louisville and Florida never yielded a commitment. Lewis is still committed to USC, but his recruitment is just as open.