Top star Colorado football transfers named to All-Transfer Team

Coach Prime's top two star Colorado football transfers were named to an All-Transfer Team.

July 21, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; Jackson State players Travis Hunter and Shedeur Sanders talk to
July 21, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; Jackson State players Travis Hunter and Shedeur Sanders talk to / Gary Cosby Jr. / USA TODAY NETWORK

Coach Prime's two top Colorado football transfers, Shedeur Sanders and Travis Hunter, were named to On3sports's 2023 All-Transfer Team; the former at the quarterback position and the latter at the FLEX spot on defense.

On3's Jesse Simonton gave Shedeur the nod because he feels the rest of the field was "shaky" and in spite of Colorado's precipitous fall from grace after a 3-0 start to the season.

"While Colorado’s season fell off the tracks after an impressive first month, Sanders still finished the year as the best quarterback out of the transfer portal in an otherwise fairly shaky field (Other contenders included Sam Hartman, Graham Mertz, Hayes King, TJ Finley)," Simonton wrote. "He threw for 3,230 yards with 27 touchdowns to just three interceptions. He also rushed for four scores. Sanders faced constant pressure from a Buffs OL that allowed 56 sacks — some of which was also Sanders’ fault for holding onto the ball too long. Still, he displayed toughness all season and did lead Colorado to a pair of comeback wins against TCU and Colorado State."

Simonton also called out Hunter for struggling at times, but gave him the nod for showing elite instincts and ball skills.

"The nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in 2023 struggled at times at cornerback, but he still showcased elite instincts and ball skills," Simonton prefaced before saying, "Had played 592 defensive snaps and had three picks and five PBUs. Offensively, Hunter emerged as Colorado’s most dependable receiver the last six weeks of the season. Despite missing three games with a lacerated liver, the still finished the year with 57 catches for 721 yards and five touchdowns in 452 snaps."

Colorado football only losing transfers since portal opened

Colorado has only taken recruiting losses since the end of the 2023 season, with only outbound movement since December 4. And that's okay. With Sean Lewis departing, it only made sense for recruits he worked with personally either following him or finding more stability in a different staff elsewhere. Ditto for Nick Williams' departure.

Luckily, the luck changed when 2024 5-star+ OT Jordan Seaton chose Boulder. While many liked to mock Coach Prime's "We comin'" slogan with a cynical variation, "they leaving," it does indeed look like recruits are coming now.