Former HBCU staffer adds strength to Colorado football program's Florida pipeline

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Coach Prime's latest Colorado football support staff addition, former Florida A&M Football Director of Recruiting, Devin Rispress, is someone who continues to add to the Buffs' Florida pipeline according to BuffsBeat's Brian Schaible.

"FAMU hired Rispress after the height of the Covid pandemic in 2022," Schaible prefaced before saying, "Before that, he had experience recruiting at his high school Alma Mater Rickards and Gadsden County High School. His rise in the college football recruiting world has been meteoric so far. It will be exciting to see what he has in store for Colorado. Rispress adds strength to the 'Florida pipeline' that Sanders has established at CU."

Rispress resigned from his FAMU post on January 11 and sent a message to Rattlers fans and the football team via X.

“It has been said that sometimes life comes at you fast,” Rispress prefaced in his statement before saying, "As of today, I’m resigning as the football director of recruiting at Florida A&M University and accepting a position with the University of Colorado Buffaloes. To Rattler Nation, I love y’all! Thanks for all the support and welcoming me into the family.

“To the Rattler football team ― y’all know how Coach Ris rocking. I love every one of you and I encourage you all to get those degrees and keep being great on purpose. I’m emotional but excited to embark on this new journey.”

Coach Prime continues to poach from state of Florida for his Colorado football program

Given his Fort Myers roots, Coach Prime is obviously partial to the state of Florida. In college football recruiting, that's ideal, since along with Texas, Georgia, and Alabama, the Sunshine State is one of the sport's most fertile recruiting grounds.

FSU, where Coach Prime played but doesn't call his alma mater since he actually got his degree at Talladega College, is his most frequented portal poach outlet. Deion Sanders has repeatedly taken Noles from Tallahassee for his Buffs, perhaps in a way to establish dominance in the bad-blooded relationship he and the school have.

17 Buffs hail from the state of Florida overall, including 5-star Miami flip Cormani McClain, and incoming 5-star Jordan Seaton starred at IMG Academy after the Washington D.C. native transferred during high school.

The state of Florida is an integral part of Coach Prime's operation in Colorado, just as it was while he was leading Jackson State.