Top Colorado football QB recruiting target between Alabama, LSU with Michigan fading

The top Colorado football quarterback target on the recruiting trail is between Alabama and LSU, with Michigan's hopes fading.
Belleville quarterback Bryce Underwood makes a pass against Southfield A&T during the first half
Belleville quarterback Bryce Underwood makes a pass against Southfield A&T during the first half / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Top Colorado football recruiting target Bryce Underwood is looking unlikely to be a Buff or a member of the Michigan Wolverines, with GBMWolverine's Chris Peterson currently pegging Alabama and LSU as the most likely to land the Belleville 5-star come January 6 when he commits to a school.

"Michigan football has been trying to make up ground but it's been difficult," Peterson prefaced before saying, "The Wolverines, for one, don't do pay-for-play as NIL, which Alabama and LSU have no problem doing. Plus, there are rumors about Jim Harbaugh going to the NFL after this season, plus Carter Smith, a four-star quarterback has already committed to U-M in the 2025 class."

On3's Chad Simmons sees LSU as the definitive front-runner based on a recent conversation he had with Underwood.

“Bryce Underwood is an interesting one, being a 2025 prospect," Simmons prefaced before saying, "I think he threw a wrinkle in things when he visited Alabama right before the dead period. Could Alabama become a team that pulls ahead late to land him on Jan. 6? Based on what i’m hearing, I still lean toward LSU being the frontrunner. I think a decision has been made, but that could obviously still change ahead of his announcement. There’s still communication with multiple schools — Michigan, of course, is involved. You never can count out Alabama, but on my side of things, his name is still connected with LSU the most.”

No Jordan Seaton-like stunner expected for Colorado football with Bryce Underwood

Unless Coach Prime has two massive tricks up his sleeve this offseason, it's likely Underwood commits to either LSU or Alabama and the Buffs have to look elsewhere for a 2025 replacement for Shedeur Sanders under center.

While Jordan Seaton's commitment was shockingly earned amidst a push from programs like Tennessee, Ohio State, and Oregon, and at the end, Maryland, Underwood isn't likely to give up what's guaranteed in Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge -- aka SEC glory and a national spotlight almost every week -- for all of the potential unknowns of CU in 2025.