Can you imagine NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders playing for UGA?
It almost happened, as Sanders took three official visits — UGA, Florida and eventual winner FSU.
Before Sanders was “Prime Time” or “Neon Deion” or played for the Atlanta Falcons or Atlanta Braves, he was a speedy football recruit out of Fort Myers, Fla.
Sanders talked to the new-press.com this week about his recruiting trip to UGA:
“I went to the University of Georgia,” Sanders said. “On my recruiting trip, Vince Dooley is the head coach. I had just witnessed them getting their butts kicked against Georgia Tech.
“They got their butts kicked, and I went to Vince Dooley’s office. And he says, ‘Well, I’m sure you’re going to contribute for us. I want you to redshirt and learn the system.’ And I said, ‘Redshirt?’
“And that was it. He’s talking about redshirting, and I know what I’ve got. So that was it. I crossed him off the list.”
Sanders claimed to the website that he eliminated Florida because at the end of his official visit, the Gators had a No. 10 jersey out for both him and another prospective recruit. “You can’t have two number 10s; that was a mistake.”
That left FSU for the speedy DB who may have changed the game for defensive backs. We’ll let Deion, as only Deion can do, tell the rest of the story:
“Everything was wonderful,” Sanders said, “but the best thing they did was in the cafeteria. They had a lady named Miss Betty. Miss Betty, African-American lady. The cafeteria was like the Golden Coral, which is one of my favorite restaurants. I knew I couldn’t cook. I couldn’t warm up anything because my momma did everything. She always made food or my stepdaddy did.”
Miss Betty’s cooking and Bobby Bowden’s “soft sell” recruiting approach won over FSU for the later NFL Hall of Famer known as “Prime Time.”
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