There has been a lot of information flying around when it comes to Coach Prime, his staff and which players are joining or leaving CU. To help make sense of it all and consolidate all that information in one place, here is the Prime Tracker.
This article will be updated often and the latest updates will be moved to the top and bolded.
2/5 update: Since the last update two weeks ago two 2024 recruits have committed to Colorado, a former Alabama linebacker has transferred in, a former Buff committed to a new school and multiple coaches have their titles clarified.
Class of 2024
Four-star ATH Ju’Juan Johnson – from Lafayette Christian Academy in Lafayette, LA and is listed at 5-foot-11 and 178 pounds. Committed to Colorado on February 4th after visiting for Junior Day the weekend before. He had 17 other offers including Alabama, Georgia and Oregon. It is widely expected that Johnson will play cornerback at the next level. However last season as a junior, Johnson was the starting quarterback for Lafayette Christian Academy. He threw for 3,976 yards and 43 touchdowns and ran for 1,284 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is also a state-champion caliber track athlete.
Three-star IOL Talan Chandler – from Nevada High School in Nevada, MO and is listed at 6-foot-3.5 and 292 pounds. Committed to Colorado on February 3rd after visiting for Junior Day the weekend before.
Four-star DL Eric Brantley Jr. – from Valdosta High School in Valdosta, GA and is listed at 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds. Brantley is a four-star prospect according to On3, 247Sports.com has Brantley listed as a three-star along with their Composite Rankings. He has earned offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss, NC State and Jackson State along with 19 others.
Four-star DL Omar White – from Valdosta High School in Valdosta, GA and is listed at 6-foot-3, 307 pounds. Committed to Colorado on December 26th. He was recruited by Alabama and Charles Kelly. Other than Alabama and CU, White earned 26 other offers including Texas, Clemson, Georiga and Michigan.
Three-star WR Daijon Calimon – From Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, CA. CU beats out Arizona, ASU, CSU and Nevada for Calimon.
Class of 2023
Five-star CB Cormani McClain – From Lakeland High School in Lakeland, FL and is listed at 6-foot-2, 165 pounds. Committed to Miami (FL) on October 27th, 2022. It was widely expected that McClain would sign his NLI to Miami on early signing day, December 21st, but then McClain’s mother announced he would be signing at a later day. McClain then announced at the Under Armour All-American Game on January 3rd that he would be “signing” on January 15th. It was then found out that McClain was visiting Coach Prime and Colorado on January 13th. January 15th came and went without a commitment from McClain until he announced on January 19th that he is committed to the University of Colorado. According to 247Sports Composite rankings, McClain is the best cornerback in the 2023 class and the 12th player overall.
Four-star WR Omarion Miller – From North Caddo High School in Vivian, LA and is listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. Committed to Nebraska on July 5th, decommitted on December 2nd and committed to CU on December 24th. He received nine offers including LSU, Miami and South Carolina. As a senior in 2022, he had 49 receptions for 1183 yards (24.1 ypc) and 15 touchdowns. According to 247Sports Composite rankings, he is the 32nd wide receiver and 245th player overall in the 2023 class.
Four-star WR Adam Hopkins – From Thomas County Central High School in Thomasville, GA and is listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. Committed to Auburn on September 15th, decommitted on December 1st and committed to CU on December 21st. Had 33 receptions for 490 yards and 6 TDs in 2022.
Four-star RB Dylan Edwards – Watch our video breaking down Edwards’ game. From Derby, Kansas and is listed at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds. Possesses world-class speed and reportedly ran a 4.38 40-yard dash in the summer of 2022.
Three-star QB Kasen Weisman – From South Paulding High School in Douglasville, GA and listed at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds. Committed to Kansas on August 11th, visited CU on December 16th, decommitted from Kansas on December 21st, committed and signed his NLI to CU on December 25th.
Three-star IOL Hank Zilinskas- From Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, CO and is listed at 6-foot-3, 274 pounds. Originally committed to CU and former head coach Karl Dorrell on June 10th. Signed his NLI to play at Colorado on December 21st.
Three-star WR Jordan Onovughe – From Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, CA and is listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. Originally committed to CU and interim head coach Mike Sanford on November 7th. Signed his NLI to play at Colorado on December 21st. Had 46 catches for 517 receiving yards and 4 TDs in 2022.
Three-star LB Morgan Pearson – From Plainview High School in Ardmore, OK and is listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. Originally committed to CU and interim head coach Mike Sanford on November 28th. Signed his NLI to play at Colorado on December 21st. Played both ways in high school and is listed as a wide receiver on 247sports.com. However, he was listed as a linebacker and tagged with CU’s linebackers coach Andre Hart in this post.
Three-star WR Isaiah Hardge – From St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL and is listed at 5-foot-10, 160 pounds. Verbally committed to CU on April 20th, and signed his NLI to play at Colorado on December 21st. He had 26 receptions for 380 yards and 4 TDs as a senior. His older brother, Ron Hardge III, was a 2020 three-star recruit that committed to Oregon State. He entered the transfer portal and committed to Colorado State for the 2023 season.
Three-star S Jaden Milliner-Jones – From DeSoto High School in DeSoto, TX and is listed at 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. Committed to SMU on June 13th, flipped to Colorado when the early signing period opened on December 21st.
Three-star CB Carter Stoutmire – From Plano, TX and is listed at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds. Was originally offered by Colorado on January 27th and committed to Arizona on June 7th. Visited CU last weekend, decommitted from Arizona on December 18th and committed to CU on December 20th.
Three-star WR Jacob Page – From Murfreesboro, TN and is listed at 6-foot-2.5, 176 pounds. Over the last two seasons at Blackman High School, Page produced 66 receptions for 1233 yards and 13 TDs. He was offered by Coach Prime and CU on December 16th and visited Boulder last weekend. He committed on December 19th.
Three-star LB Kofi Taylor-Barrocks – From London, England and is listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. He is one of England’s top recruits. He is part of the NFL Academy, an NFL initiative to get 16-19-year-olds from around the world on the path to the NFL. Taylor-Barrocks committed to JSU on September 29th, decommitted on December 17th and committed to CU on December 18th. He will be playing in the Under Armour All-America Game on January 3rd.
Three-star WR Asaad Waseem – From Ocoee, Florida and is listed at 6 feet, 175 pounds. As a senior for Ocoee High School in 2022, Waseem had 82 receptions for 1481 yards and 20 TDs.
Three-star QB Ryan Staub – From Stevenson Ranch, California and is listed at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds. Was originally recruited by Mike Sanford and committed to CU in January 2022. He reaffirmed his commitment to CU and Coach Prime on December 12th.
Three-star EDGE Taje McCoy – From Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is listed at 6-foot-3, 245 pounds. Has only been playing EDGE since he was a high school sophomore. He played little league ball with Dylan Edwards.
Three-star LB Victory Johnson – From San Diego, California and is listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds. Was originally recruited by Mark Smith and committed to CU on November 5th, 2022. He reaffirmed his commitment to CU and Coach Prime on December 9th. The younger brother of Champion Johnson.
Kaleb Mathis – The son of cornerbacks coach Kevin Mathis, only had one offer and that was from Jackson State. Visited CU last weekend and committed. Assumedly, a preferred walk-on.
Class of 2025
Five-star WR Winston Watkins Jr.
Transfer Portal players in and out
Demouy Kennedy, LB via Alabama – Entered the transfer portal on January 17th. Committed to CU on February 1st. Listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. Was a 2020 four-star inside linebacker recruit from Theodore, AL. He primarily played special teams at Alabama and received some reps at running back. Suffered a season-ending lower-body injury against Arkansas in 2022. Only played in 11 games in his three years at Alabama.
Kyndrich Breedlove, CB via Ole Miss – Entered the transfer portal on January 13th. Committed to CU on January 16th. Listed at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds. Was a 2021 three-star commit who only played special teams for the Rebels.
Jordan Domineck, EDGE via Arkansas – Entered the transfer portal on January 2nd. Committed to CU on January 15th after visiting Colorado that weekend. He is listed at 6-foot-3, 251 pounds. Was a 2018 three-star recruit that committed to Georgia Tech and played for the Yellow Jackets until 2021. In his time at Georgia Tech, he charted 103 total tackles, 17.5 TFLs, 16.5 sacks, 2 passes defended and five forced fumbles. Transferred to Arkansas for the 2022 season and had 34 total tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 7.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Taylor Upshaw, EDGE via Michigan – Entered the transfer portal on January 3rd. Committed to CU on January 14th after visiting Colorado that weekend. Listed at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. He is a graduate transfer. In his five seasons at Michigan, he charted 37 total tackles, 10 TFLs, 5.5 sacks and one interception. He only played in 11 games from 2018-2021 but played in all 14 games for the Wolverines last year.
*Rumors are Kneeland has withdrawn his name from the portal* Marshawn Kneeland, DL via Western Michigan – Entered the transfer portal on December 2nd. Committed to CU on December 22nd. Listed at 6-foot-4, 275 pounds. Kneeland has two years of eligibility remaining. In his four years at Western Michigan, Kneeland had 92 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss including 8.5 sacks, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one blocked kick.
Kavosiey Smoke, RB via Kentucky – Entered the transfer portal on December 1st. Committed to CU on January 11th after visiting the prior weekend. In his five seasons as a Kentucky Wildcat Smoke rushed for 1583 yards on 291 attempts (5.4 yards per carry) for 13 touchdowns. He was originally a three-star 2018 recruit.
Myles Slusher, S via Arkansas – Entered the transfer portal on December 5th. Initially committed to Louisville on December 19th before visiting CU and flipping his commitment to the Buffs on January 8th. Suffered a calf injury against Alabama in 2022 that derailed his season. Played in 11 games, starting 8 for the Razorbacks in 2021. In his three years at Arkansas Slusher charted 93 total tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 5 passes defended and 2 forced fumbles. He was originally a 2020 four-star recruit.
Yousef Mugharbil, OL via Florida – Entered the transfer portal on December 7th. Committed to CU on January 7th. Was a 2021 four-star recruit that committed to Florida. Listed at both OT and IOL according to 247sports.com. He did not see the field the last two seasons at Florida. Listed at 6-foot-5, 311 pounds.
Jacob Politte, LS via Jackson State – transferred into CU on January 7th. Joining the team as a preferred walk-on.
Jace Feely, K via Arizona State – Entered the transfer portal on December 5th. Committed to CU on January 6th. Was a 2021 recruit that was rated five-stars according to Kohl’s Kicking. Played punter and kicker in high school Committed to Arizona State and was redshirted for 2021. In 2022, he only had one punt for 37 yards and went 1/1 on his extra-point attempts.
Tayvion Beasley, CB via Jackson State – Entered the transfer portal on December 19th. Committed to CU on December 31st. Played high school football at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, CA. Was a 2022 three-star recruit that collected offers from JSU, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU and Michigan. Only played in nine games in 2022 but had two INTs.
Jeremiah Brown, LB via Jackson State – Entered the transfer portal on December 19th. Committed to CU on December 29th. Was a 2021 three-star recruit that originally committed to Florida Atlantic but flipped to JSU in December 2020. In 2022 he had 46 total tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and blocked one kick.
Leonard Payne, DL via Fresno State- Entered the transfer portal on December 26th. Committed to CU on December 29th. Was a two-star 2018 recruit according to 247Sports.com. Over the last two seasons, Payne had 5.5 sacks combined. He is listed at 6-foot-3, 315 pounds.
Alejandro Mata, K via Jackson State – Entered the transfer portal on December 19th. Committed to Colorado on December 27th. Last year, in his freshman season he made 12 of 13 field goals and 50/51 PATs with both misses having been blocked. His career-long field goal is 38 yards. Is listed as a preferred walk-on.
Mark Vassett, P via Louisville – Entered the transfer portal on December 19th. Committed to CU on December 26th. Vassett is from Melbourne, Australia and was a 2021 three-star recruit that committed to Louisville. In his first year as the punter for the Cardinals, Vassett set a new Louisville record for punting average in a season with 44.6 yards per punt.
Seydou Traore, TE via Arkansas State – Entered the transfer portal on December 11th. Committed to CU on December 25th. Listed at 6-foot-4, 223 pounds. Originally from London and a former soccer goalie, Traore moved to America to pursue American football and earn a Division I football scholarship. He became a 2021 three-star recruit and committed to Arkansas State. In 2022 for the Red Wolves, Traore had 50 receptions for 655 yards and 4 TDs.
Jimmy Horn Jr., WR via South Florida – Entered the transfer portal on November 29th. Committed to CU on December 25th. Listed at 5-foot-10, 174 pounds. At South Florida, Horn earned First Team All-AAC honors as a kick returner in 2022. On offense, he had 37 receptions for 551 yards and 3 TDs and also added 9 rushes for 95 yards and 1 TD. He was a 2021 three-star recruit and gathered offers from Georgia, Tennessee and Jackson State. In high school, he was a track star. He won four medals at the 2021 Class 8A State Track and Field Championships in Florida. He was a part of the state champion 4X100-meter relay team and won the long jump.
Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig, S via Jackson State – Entered the transfer portal on December 18th. Committed to CU on December 22nd. Played for Coach Prime at Trinity Christian HS before following him and committing to JSU in 2021. Was JSU’s second-leading tackler in 2022 with 43 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT and 1 forced fumble.
Travis Hunter, WR/CB via Jackson State – Entered the transfer portal on December 18th. Committed to CU on December 21st. The number one overall recruit in the 2022 class. Was committed to Florida State until signing day when he flipped to Coach Prime and JSU. In his first year in college, Hunter had 14 total tackles, 7 passes defended, 2 INTs (one pick-six) as a defensive back; 14 receptions for 143 yards and 2 TDs as a wide receiver. In the Celebration Bowl against NC Central, Hunter shined as a wide receiver. He had two touchdowns including a 17-yard TD reception to tie the game as the fourth quarter expired. Hunter struggled with injuries in 2022 but was graded out as PFF’s sixth highest-graded player from HBCUs with an 85.8 grade.
Tyler Brown, OT via Jackson State – Entered the transfer portal on December 19th. Committed to CU on December 21st. He was a 2019 two-star recruit that committed to Louisiana. Did not play in 2019 but played in 10 games for the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2020 when the unit was nominated for the Joe Moore Award, presented to the best offensive line in the country. Was a first-team All-SWAC player for JSU in 2022. Watch our interview with Tyler Brown here.
Shedeur Sanders, QB via Jackson State – Entered the transfer portal on December 17th and announced his arrival in Boulder on December 21st. 2020 four-star recruit that is listed at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and is the son of Deion Sanders. In 2022, he completed 70.6% of his passes for 3732 yards, 40 TDs and 6 INTs. Also added 6 TDs on the ground. For more on Sanders’ game, check out our Buffs Film Room on him.
Isaiah Jatta, OL via Snow College – Listed at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds. Played at JUCO Snow College for the last two seasons and was a highly sought-after JUCO transfer. He played guard and tackle last year. He committed to South Carolina on June 24th, decommitted on December 13th and visited Boulder last weekend before committing on December 21st.
Jack Wilty, OL via Iowa Central Community College – Listed at 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds. Was originally a 2020 recruit that committed to Northern Illinois. Transferred to Iowa Central C.C. before the 2022 season and earned JUCO All-American honors last season.
Landon Bebee, OL via Missouri State – A graduate transfer that has played at Missouri State for the last five years. He was named second-team All-MVFC in 2022 and 2021. He was a three-star recruit in the 2018 class according to 247sports.com.
Shane Cokes, DE via Dartmouth – A graduate transfer that has played the last four years at Dartmouth. He was named second-team All-Ivy League in 2021 and 2022. Over the last two seasons, he had 85 tackles, 8.5 sacks, one pass defended and one forced fumble.
Savion Washington, OT via Kent State – A three-star recruit in the 2020 class. He stands at 6-foot-8 and 340 pounds. Reunites with former Kent State head coach and offensive line coach, Sean Lewis and Bill O’Boyle, in Boulder with Coach Prime. In 2022, Washington earned a PFF grade of 75.9. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Deuce Roberson, WR via Snow College – A JUCO transfer from Snow College. He was Snow College’s leading receiver in 2022 with 24 catches for 349 yards and 3 TDs. He visited Colorado over the weekend and announced his commitment to CU on December 19th. However, 247sports.com does not show Colorado offering Roberson a scholarship, he may be a preferred walk-on.
LaVonta Bentley, LB via Clemson – A four-star recruit in the 2019 class, has played at Clemson for the last four seasons. Through four seasons, Bentley racked up 73 tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two passes defended and two forced fumbles in 417 defensive snaps across 40 career games (two starts).
Taijh Alston, EDGE via West Virginia – A three-star JUCO recruit from the 2019 class. In 2017, he committed to and enrolled at East Carolina University but then transferred to Copiah Lincoln Community College before the 2017 season. He played there through the 2018 season before enrolling at West Virginia in January 2019. Suffered a season-ending injury early in the 2019 season that held him out of the 2020 season. Finally healthy in 2021, Alston started 12 games for the Mountaineers and finished second on the team in tackles for a loss (11). He played the entire season for WVU in 2022. Over the last two seasons, Alston had 54 total tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 7 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.
Champion Johnson via Cal – A preferred walk-on. The older brother of 2023 recruit Victory Johnson. 2021 ATH recruit but did not see the field much the last two years at Cal.
JSU players that could become Buffs
QB, JP Andrade – Entered the transfer portal on January 1st. Was a 2019 three-star recruit who originally committed to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on. Andrade never saw the field for the Buckeyes and entered the transfer portal following the 2021 season. In February 2022, he transferred to Jackson State where he served as Shedeur Sanders’ backup last season.
S, Shilo Sanders – Entered the transfer portal on December 17th as a graduate transfer. Shilo will need to graduate from JSU in 2023 to join CU. 2019 three-star recruit who committed to South Carolina. Entered the transfer portal after the 2020 season and joined his father, Deion Sanders, at Jackson State.
S, John Huggins – Entered the transfer portal as a graduate transfer on December 19th. He was a 2018 three-star recruit that committed to Florida. Joined JSU through the transfer portal via Florida in 2021. In 2022, he had 18 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 passes defended and 1 INT for a pick-six. Also struggled with injuries in 2022, but when he played he was impactful. PFF has Huggins as the seventh highest-graded player from HBCUs in 2022 with an 85.2 grade.
S Herman Smith – Entered the transfer portal on December 18th. 2021 three-star recruit. In 2022, had 15 total tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass defended and 1 INT.
WR Shane Hooks – Entered the transfer portal on December 21st. JSU’s leading receiver in 2022 with 64 receptions for 748 yards and 10 TDs in 2022.
QB J.T. Shrout – committed to Arkansas State on January 30th.
WR Maurice Bell – entered the transfer portal on January 17th.
K Cole Becker – committed to Utah on January 6th.
QB Maddox Kopp – committed to Miami (OH) on January 5th.
QB Brendon Lewis – committed to Nevada on December 24th.
OL Noah Fenske – committed to Southern Illinois on December 21st.
QB Owen McCown – committed to UTSA on December 21st.
WR Chase Penry – committed to Boise State on December 20th.
WR Jack Hestera- committed to Charlotte on December 19th.
OL Casey Roddick – committed to Florida State on December 18th.
OL Austin Johnson – committed to Charlotte on December 15th. Johnson reunites with 2022 offensive line coach Kyle DeVan at Charlotte.
CB Kaylin Moore – committed to Cal on December 10th.
Coaching and recruiting staff
Darian Hagan has been retained. His new role is Executive Director of Community Engagement and Outreach, Football Ambassador and Quality Control Analyst for the running backs.
Quality Control Analyst: Michael Pollock (JSU) – was Special Assistant to the Head Coach to Coach Prime at Jackson State. Has also been credited with helping coach JSU’s offensive line and quarterbacks as well as being mentioned as co-offensive coordinator.
Quality Control Analyst: Trevor Reilly (JSU) – was a graduate assistant under Coach Prime at Jackson State starting in 2021. Before that, Reilly’s coaching career got its start in 2018 as a student-assistant coach for the University of Utah, Reilly’s alma mater. Reilly played outside linebacker for the Utes from 2010-2013. He earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013. He was a seventh-round draft selection to the New York Jets in the 2014 NFL Draft and played for three other teams through 2018.
HC: Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders (JSU) – Head coach of Jackson State from 2000-2022. Lead JSU to SWAC titles in 2021 and 2022 going undefeated in conference both seasons. Over the last two recruiting cycles, Coach Prime has earned commitments from six four-star recruits and one five-star, Travis Hunter, who was the number one overall recruit in 2022. Has brought in 34 players to JSU via the transfer portal over the last two seasons.
OC/QB: Sean Lewis (Kent State) – Kent State head coach from 2018-2022. Created and called one of the best offenses in the country when Dustin Krum was under center for the Golden Flashes. Former Wisconsin Badger tight-end who will only be 37 years old when the 2023 season kicks off. To learn more about Lewis’ offense, check out this Buffs Film Room.
DC/S: Charles Kelly (Alabama) – Kelly spent the last four seasons as Alabama’s associate defensive coordinator and safeties coach. Before that, he joined Florida State in 2013 and was the Seminoles’ linebackers coach and special teams coordinator as the team went 14-0 and won the National Championship. He was promoted to defensive coordinator following the 2013 season and filled that role through 2017. He then spent a season as Tennessee’s special teams coordinator and safeties coach in 2018 before moving on to Alabama. He has been a part of two national title-winning teams (2013 FSU, 2020 Alabama).
Assistant Head Coach/RB: Gary “Flea” Harrell (JSU) – Became Jackson State’s running backs coach before the 2020 season and was the interim head coach for JSU when Coach Prime was away from the team during the 2021 season due to foot surgery.
TE: Tim Brewster (JSU) – Former head coach of the Minnesota Gophers from 2007-2010. After he was fired in 2010, Brewster continued to coach as a college assistant. In 2013, he crossed paths with Charles Kelly at Florida State when Brewster was hired as tight ends coach. When Jimbo Fisher left FSU for Texas A&M in 2018, Brewster followed Fisher. He then worked at Florida from 2020-2021 as assistant head coach and tight ends coach before joining forces with Coach Prime at Jackson State in 2022.
WR: Brett Bartolone (JSU) – Played wide receiver for Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars from 2012-2015. Earned his stripes as a coach starting in 2016 at Division III Whittier College in Los Angeles, CA. Coached his way through Division III until he was hired as an offensive analyst and assistant quarterbacks coach for Nevada in 2020. When Coach Prime was looking for a new offensive coordinator at Jackson State in the spring of 2022, Prime called the late Mike Leach who recommended Bartolone.
OL: Bill O’Boyle (Kent State) – Followed Sean Lewis over to Colorado from Kent State. Was the head coach at Division II Chadron State from 2005-2011 with a record of 57-21. O’Boyle then had stops at Colorado Mesa as offensive coordinator, Southern Illinois as the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator and South Dakota as the offensive line coach before linking up with Lewis at Kent State in 2018.
LB: Andre Hart (JSU) – Has coached alongside Coach Prime for over a decade and has been Jackson State’s linebackers coach for the last three seasons. He has 13 years of coaching experience and played at Ranger Junior College and Kansas State.
DT: Patrick Hill (LSU) – Defensive analyst for LSU in 2022 and was credited with the development of many players along LSU’s defensive line. He graduated from Concordia-Chicago and became a coach for his alma mater from 2008-2012. He has also coached at James Madison, Morehead State, Eastern Michigan and many others.
DE: Nick Williams (Texas A&M) – Williams was a critical factor in 2022 for Texas A&M as they signed one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Before he was working under Jimbo Fisher at Texas A&M, Williams was a graduate assistant at Georgia. He has earned credit for recruiting Smoke Bouie to College Station.
CB: Kevin Mathis (JSU) – Defensive backs coach at Jackson State under Coach Prime for the last three seasons. He started coaching with Coach Prime in 2012 at the Prime Prep Academy. He is a 10-year NFL vet that played with the Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons from 1997-2006. He was a Division II All-American from 1994-1996 at Texas A&M Commerce.
Director of Player Personnel: Corey Phillips (LSU) – Last year was Phillips’ first and only season spent at LSU. He helped construct a 2023 recruiting class that has the Tigers firmly in the top 10 of every major recruiting outlet. Prior to his time at LSU, Phillips was the director of scouting at NC State. He was an all-conference defensive back for Austin Peay.
Director of Recruiting: Darrius Darden-Box (Vanderbilt) – 2022 was Darden-Box’s first year as Vanderbilt’s Associate Director of high school scouting. In 2021 he was a player personnel analyst and from 2018-2020 he was an offensive quality control assistant. He is a Nashville native and played wide receiver at Southeast Missouri State where he graduated from in 2016.
Director of Player Development: James Chaney (Lehigh) – former head coach at Lehigh High School in Fort Myers, FL. Has led the Lehigh Lightning varsity team since 2015 and is a former teammate of Coach Prime’s at North Fort Myers High School and Florida State. Coach Prime has been asking Chaney to join his staff for the last two years at Jackson State, now he joins him at Colorado.
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Maurice “Mo” Sims (JSU) – Was named to the same position at Jackson State in the summer of 2022. Before that, he coached at the same position for the National Champion Georiga Bulldogs. Was also a strength coach at North Carolina, Army and North Carolina A&T.
Director of Quality Control and Head Defensive Analyst: Dennis Thurman (JSU) – A football legend. Thurman was a consensus All-American safety for USC in 1976 and 1977. After that, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and played there from 1978-1985. He played one season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986 and would retire from playing after that season. He has been a defensive coach dating back to 1988 and has coached for the USC Trojans, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills and Jackson State. He joined Coach Prime at JSU in 2020 and has been with him since.
Offensive assistant: Mike Markuson (JSU) – Was Jackson State’s offensive line coach since 2020. Was a defensive tackle at Division III Hamline in Saint Paul, MN from 1979-1982. Has been a coach since 1983 and has been the offensive line coach at Boise State, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Wisconsin and UTSA.
Quality Control Analyst – Vincent Dancy (MVSU) – Head coach of Mississippi Valley State from 2018-2022. He joined MVSU in 2015 as their defensive coordinator but after Rick Comegy was told his contract would not be renewed after the 2017 season, Dancy was promoted to interim head coach and the interim tag was removed in January 2018.
On Tuesday, January 10th, Coach Prime went on the Pat McAfee Show and said, “Mike Zimmer’s gonna walk through that door at any moment. Willie Taggart is gonna walk through that door at any moment.”