No football player will ever wear No. 2 as a member of the Florida State Seminoles again. Of course, that’s because “Neon Deion” wore that number as a three-time All-American and is one of college football’s best defenders ever. Not only was Deion Sanders a stud defensive back — his 14 career interceptions tied Lee Corso for No. 3 on FSU’s all-time list — “Prime Time” also led the nation in 1988 averaging 15.2 yards per punt return. It’s safe to the NFL and College Football Hall of Fame cornerback’s legacy will be hard to top in Tallahassee.
But even though his playing days are over, that doesn’t mean his name will fade. In fact, the Sanders name is hotter these days, especially because Deion’s son, Trinity Christian School quarterback Shedeur Sanders, sounds interested in playing at his father’s alma mater.
Shedeur Sanders Recruiting
Shedeur Sanders is a four-star prospect playing ball in Cedar Hill, Texas. Though he’s only in his junior season, the 6-foot-2 pro-style quarterback already holds offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee, and of course, Florida State University.
Although he only has two years of varsity football under his belt, Sanders is on pace to find himself among the most-prolific quarterbacks in Texas high school football history.
Through his freshman and sophomore seasons, Sanders racked up 5,448 passing yards and 76 touchdown passes in 27 games. At this rate, he’ll pass names like Kyler Murray and Case McCoy on Texas’ career passing yards list with a chance to crack the top-10. Sanders is almost halfway to the career passing touchdowns record, too, held by current Arizona Wildcats quarterback Grant Gunnell.
Not only is he an elite thrower of the football, Shedeur Sanders is a stone-cold winner.
With some help from an incredible roster that included brother Shilo Sanders (now with the South Carolina Gamecocks), the Trinity Christian Tigers have gone 26-1 over the last two years, including back-to-back TAPPS Division II State Championships. In last season’s title game, Sanders finished with 243 passing yards and four total touchdowns as TCHS capped an undefeated season by rolling the Austin Regents, 49-24.
This kid isn’t just the son of a legacy. He’s the real deal.
While Sanders’ commitment is still a long ways off, the recruiting process is more alive than ever. The top-15 pro-style quarterback, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings, visited FSU for the team’s Saturday Night Live recruiting event in late July. There, Sanders worked with first-year offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and came away sounding pretty exciting about the new-look ‘Noles.
“It was pretty good, [Briles] sent me back with some stuff I need to work on when I go back home,” Sanders said after SNL. “I like his offense, we watched a few clips and it seems to work. He likes to take shots and I like to take shots.”
Sanders added that he would fit in this offense well and is excited to see FSU quarterback James Blackman run it this season.
Deion Sanders’ days as an eight-time NFL All-Pro selection are over, but that “Prime Time” DNA lives on. With two more years of high school football to prove himself, don’t be surprised if Shedeur Sanders becomes one of college football’s most highly-coveted recruits when 2021 rolls around.
UPDATE: Through the first nine games of Trinity High School’s 2019 season, the team’s junior quarterback is showing out once again. The Tigers began the season 8-1, and Sanders is continuing to make his case as one of the country’s top quarterbacks.
In a 56-7 over the Grace Community Cougars, Sanders completed 21-of-28 passes for 397 yards and a career-high SEVEN touchdowns passes.
Sanders rolled over 2,000 passing yards for the third-straight season and has 28 touchdowns against only three interceptions. Sanders also rolled over 100 career touchdown passes with his latest outburst.
This post was originally published July 31, 2019. It was updated with statistics after Trinity Christian’s season began.