Deion Sanders has shaken up the Power 5 landscape since Colorado hired him to be its head coach in December. On Tuesday, something else unprecedented happened around Sanders’ Colorado program.
As Sanders began an Instagram live broadcast, Class of 2024 recruit Aaron Butler left a rarely seen comment in the comments section announcing his commitment to Colorado.
“Well, I think that describes me as a jersey coach, no cap,” Butler wrote. “With that being said, I want to officially announce my commitment to the University of Colorado to the world. #WECOMING.”
Sanders invited Butler to join the live feed afterward. But to avoid violating any NCAA rules, Sanders didn’t speak and celebrated while Butler spoke. Once Butler jumped the gun, Sanders and another Colorado coach spoke again and continued to celebrate Butler’s commitment to the program.
Butler is a four-star athlete from Calabasas, California. Ranked by On3.com as the No. 122 recruit in the class of 2024, Butler committed to USC before decommitting in January. He once called USC his “dream school,” but the Trojans wanted him to play strictly cornerback, while Butler wanted to keep his options open at both wide receiver and cornerback.
When he reopened his recruitment in January, several top programs showed interest in Butler. Alabama, Michigan, Miami, UCLA and Auburn were among the schools that offered him offers. Georgia and Colorado hosted Butler for a visit in April, while Alabama was scheduled to host Butler for a visit in June.
Butler is expected to play more receiver with Colorado. He posted 830 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns last season with Calabasas High School.
There is also some familiarity between Butler and Sanders’ family. Butler’s father, Robb-Davon Butler, played wide receiver in the NFL for a couple of seasons and was Sanders’ teammate for one season with the Baltimore Ravens.
Butler is the fifth recruit in the 2024 class to commit to Colorado. He is also the second four-star recruit in the class to commit, joining Valdosta, Georgia defensive tackle Omar White as the other.
Sanders has had plenty of recruiting success in his first few months in Colorado. The Buffaloes’ 2023 recruiting class was ranked No. 29 in the FBS, according to 247Sports, up 18 spots from the year before. In addition, 247Sports also ranked Colorado’s incoming transfer class as the best in college football.
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