Trio of first-year Colorado football transfers playing as advertised this spring

Sep 24, 2022; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls wide receiver LaJohntay Wester (1)
Sep 24, 2022; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls wide receiver LaJohntay Wester (1) / Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Prime's Colorado football program is reportedly operating on a much higher level this spring than it did during the initial preseason run of the "Prime Time" era in Boulder. As DNVR's Jake Schwanitz reports, the incoming transfer class from the Buffs' overhauled coaching staff is a major reason why -- specifically FAU transfer WR LaJohntay Wester, Liberty transfer S Preston Hodge, and Houston transfer DL Chidozie Nwankwo -- though second-year standouts like Omarion Miller have contributed to that narrative as well.

"Multiple new transfers such as LaJohntay Wester, Preston Hodge and Chidozie Nwankwo have played as advertised through the early days of spring," Schwanitz prefaced before saying, "Colorado’s young talent has continued to blossom with players like Omarion Miller creating serious buzz for themselves. The comparison between Colorado’s spring roster this year and last year isn’t even close. Expect the Buffs to get even better after the upcoming transfer window later this month."

The confidence in Colorado from local beat writers could be a product of wanting the fever dream that is Deion Sanders' highly-publicized tenure continuing, but the talent level is higher than it was in 2023. It's conceivable that a perfect storm of improved play and a much easier schedule in the Big 12 will result in noticeable improvement; thus, ensuring that Coach Prime stays in Colorado for the long haul.

Worrying signs popping up about Coach Prime's Colorado football future

You have to be in denial not to notice that there's an alarming trend of negative sentiment towards CU and Boulder from the Sanders family.

Shelomi Sanders' transfer isn't an indictment of JR Paynes' women's basketball team, but it is at least an indictment of her own place on it. Meanwhile, there's no sugarcoating Deion Sanders' disapproval of the cannabis-crazed culture in Colorado.

The only thing that can combat the negative stream of Buffs-related happenings of late is the football team proving that Sanders has a place to thrive after his two sons, Shedeur and Shilo, and his top recruit ever, Travis Hunter, leave for the NFL.

An inspiring transfer haul can have Sanders understanding that there's magic to be made in the transfer portal every offseason. Luckily, Wester, Hodge, and Nwankwo are all proving that in their respective positions this spring.