Will Muschamp was happy to land the signature of Shilo Sanders this offseason and he admits he didn’t do so to gain the attention of Shilo’s father, Deion Sanders.
When South Carolina landed a commitment from the son of arguably the greatest cornerback in NFL history, the obvious comparisons were going to come for Shilo Sanders. While those expectations aren’t fair for any prospect, the younger Sanders will likely find himself living in his father’s shadow until he proves himself in the SEC.
South Carolina’s coach provided the following comments on Sanders during his National Signing Day press conference from Columbia.
“Shilo has really only played high school football for two years. He’s really only spent his time dedicated to the game for the last two years,” Muschamp noted. “Kevin Mathis was his position coach, who played with (Travaris Robinson) with the Atlanta Falcons. Listening to him talk to us about how quickly Shilo has matured, his genetic upside is huge. He’s got really good length. He’s got speed on the top end and very good change of direction. He also played receiver and has return skills.”
Sounds like a lot like his father.
Naturally, Muschamp was then asked about Deion Sanders and how often the former NFL legend planned to be around the Gamecock program now that his son is a member of the team.
“Obviously Deion brings a lot of credibility. He was wonderful in the recruiting in the recruiting process as a father, as far as telling me basically, ‘You need to recruit my son, not me.’ I appreciate that. He was great throughout the entire recruiting process,” Muschamp answered. “How much he’ll be around will be up to him.
“I know he’s got a busy schedule. He’s still coaching high school football in Dallas. He coaches on Friday nights, and he works with NFL Network on Sundays and Saturday night. He’s busy with some things on the West Coast, we do know that. To have a guy that’s probably the best ever at the position to lace up the cleats at the corner position to entrust his son with us says an awful lot about the confidence he has in this coaching staff, I can tell you that.”
That last line stands out and is a great point by Muschamp. While the Gamecock coaches have a solid reputation when it comes to developing talent, you know that perception is a reality once Hall of Famers like Deion Sanders are willing to send their children to Columbia to be taught by Muschamp and his staff.