Colorado’s Deion Sanders was ‘spitting the facts’ on recruiting strategy, Shaq says
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal had no qualms about what Colorado football coach Deion Sanders had to say when it came to the Pro Football Hall of Famer’s strategy for recruiting high school players.
O’Neal and his co-hosts, Nichelle Turner and Spice Adams, on “The Big Podcast” listened to a clip of Sanders spelling out the specific things he looks for in high school quarterbacks versus what he looks for in a defensive lineman. The former Los Angeles Lakers superstar had no issue with what Sanders said on “The Rich Eisen Show” last month.
“There’s nothing wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with what he said. You know why I have discipline? You know why I don’t get in trouble? You know why I’m not dumb. Does– -? Daddy took my a—-. A lot of kids don’t have that. A lot of kids have very hard-working moms who actually have to work and grow up on their own. And you left. Go or you can. Go right. Studies show, statistics show, it’s like that.”
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O’Neill doubled down on explaining his stance, saying Sanders was “spitting facts.”
Turner disagreed with what Sanders was talking about and wondered if she would count as a quarterback if she didn’t come from a two-parent family.
Sanders made waves in February for the comments.
“Well, we have different traits. Smart, tough, fast, disciplined with character. Now, quarterbacks are different,” Sanders told Eisen. “We want mother, father, twin parents. We want that child to be 3.5 [GPA] and above. Because he must be smart. Off the field, not bad decisions at all. For he must become a leader of men.”
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Sanders said he looks for similar characteristics in offensive linemen, but his criteria for the defensive side of the football are different.
“Defensive lineman is the exact opposite. Single mama, trying to get by, he’s on a free lunch,” Sanders continued. “I’m just talking about trying to make it. He’s trying to save Mama. Like Mama barely took off. And I want him to go get it.
“It’s a completely different trait that you find at different positions. And we have that stuff just old. We know what we want, and we get it.”
Sanders just completed his first recruiting class at Colorado, making a big splash on Signing Day and pulling in the 21st-ranked class and a top-five transfer portal class, according to 247Sports.
“We’re not doing a typical Tom, Dick and Harry recruitment,” Sanders said. “We’ve recruited some guys that can light up the scoreboard and prevent touchdowns. We’re coming. We’re serious about it.
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“Hope is in the house. Hope is in the air. Hope is in the city. Hope is in the community.”
Fox News’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.