Deion Sanders Jr. headed to Atlanta to play football

Deion Sanders will be sending his son to the Atlanta area to play football next year (AP)

Deion Sanders will be sending his son to the Atlanta area to play football next year (AP)

Deion Sanders Jr., the son of the NFL Hall of Famer, will be playing football in the Atlanta area next year.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pounder will enroll in a prep school, The Atlanta Sports Academy, which is located 45 miles north of Atlanta in Dawsonville. The two Deions will visit the campus on Wednesday or Thursday.

The younger Sanders, like his famous pops, plays cornerback and wide receiver. Deion Jr. is a senior at Marcus High School in Flower Mound, Texas, and said he bypassed the opportunity to sign football scholarships with Houston or North Texas last month.

Instead, the son of “Prime Time” will attend prep school with hopes of improving his college options. What options could those be?

Before Deion Jr. could reply, his father told the AJC on Monday night, “Let me intervene and answer that question: He’s not going to limit himself to what schools he’s going to generate excitement and attention for. The best possibility will be location, as well as some place where his talents will be utilized to play immediately. So we’re not going to say we want to be looked at by this school or that one because then you anger other schools. So we’re not going to get into that.”

Are there any “dream” schools that Deion Jr. wished to get evaluated by? Maybe an SEC or ACC school? Or his father’s alma mater of Florida State?

His father interjected, “We’re not going to say any schools … You’ve got to understand: I know the coaches at all those schools. We’re not doing it that way. He’s going to earn this and he’s going to do it with his talent, and not by my merit. I happen to know [college] coaches. So, we’re not doing it like that. He wants to earn it his way, and he wants all the schools to be attracted to talents, as well as his academic [achievements].”

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Here’s some more background on Deion Jr.: He played at three different high schools, settling at Marcus as a junior and starting at quarterback. He led an option attack that averaged more than 300 yards per game, according to ihigh.com. As a senior, Sanders switched to DB, WR, and Wildcat QB.

“I think he’s very raw as a cornerback, and that’s why he’s going to [prep school] to refine and perfect his game,” his father said. “He played cornerback last year and right now I think he’s a better wide receiver than anything. It’s just natural when he has the ball in his hands. He’s capable of making plays. But he really needs to refine his skills at cornerback because I think football longevity resides there more than anywhere.”

Deion Jr., who also starred in the TV reality show “Deion & Pilar: Prime Time Love,” said he doesn’t feel as much pressure as people would think being Deion Jr.

“People have high expectations because of my name, but I guarantee that my expectations are higher than their expectations,” Junior said. “I don’t blame them for having those expectations. I feed off it. I love it. It’s motivation for me.”

Why the prep school in Atlanta? The wealthy Sanders could’ve sent his son anywhere. “I’ve done my homework and many of the prep schools are military based, real strict and disciplined,” the elder Sanders said. “He has no problem with that. He’s really a good kid, a mindful kid, a very respectful kid, and a great student. He passed all of his tests and entrance exams. He really wanted somewhere that was comfortable in a city that his mother could frequent and was an easy transition for a flight. I had a comfort level where I could easily get there in a couple of hours on a flight. It’s a place where we felt was a safe environment for him.”

How often will “Neon Deion” – who works as an NFL analyst during football season – get to see his son play?

“I got a lot going on, my man,” he said with a laugh. “I will be there when I can. Thank God everything is filmed and everything is taped. I don’t have to be next to him every day for him to know that I love him. He knows that.”

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130 comments Add your comment

slydog

March 6th, 2012
4:56 am

Good luck to you Deion Jr. For those who don’t know, this is his oldest son by his first wife. This is probably why he chose Atlanta. It sounds as if the kid bounced between both homes.

Dr. Warren

March 6th, 2012
4:59 am

Deion the father sounds even more narcissistic than Deion the player and Deion the NFL analyst. Poor kid.

Coach Prime Time

March 6th, 2012
5:02 am

The coach for the academy must have a thick skin and be deaf to keep control of his team. Deion will be suggesting the plays to highlight his son and will in general be a pain if his son is not the center of attention. Poor coach. Four schools in four years. Hmmmmmm!

gbal

March 6th, 2012
5:29 am

Meion taking center stage again and from his son

Agent 009

March 6th, 2012
6:12 am

“Meion”? Now that is clever :-) … Deion is the typical proud, attention loving, big heart, generous Leo… I relate. He and I share the same birthday. Other notable spotlight loving Leos include Leo DiCaprio, Madonna, President Obama, Ike Diamond, Whitney Houston (RIP), former president Bill Clinton… See a pattern here? “Meion” is true to the stars that have an influence on his nature. Are you?

DS

March 6th, 2012
6:17 am

An option offense that averaged over 300 yards a game… and his choices were HOUSTON and NORTH TEXAS?? sounds like the GREAT option offense failed to impress the big boys once again.

Frankly

March 6th, 2012
6:39 am

I watched the 1st highlight play and stopped, I mean seriously, the 1st play you show is an interception in which the qb overthrew the open receiver.

TennesseeDawg

March 6th, 2012
6:41 am

Deion Jr doesn’t have the size or talent to play big time D1 but Deion Sr’s ego won’t admit it.

Insider

March 6th, 2012
6:57 am

Mountain Dawg

March 6th, 2012
7:02 am

Beast from the East

March 6th, 2012
7:02 am

I’m surprised he has kids. I never saw him make contact with with anyone on the field, so I assumed he was just afraid of ALL physical contact.

Michael

March 6th, 2012
7:04 am

If he already played as a senior are they making him repeat 12th grade? Texas schools are notorious for that but usually in middle school.

Deion Jr

March 6th, 2012
7:04 am

Deion Jr going to light it up like Deion Sr—he be primetime II, a highlight reel baby! Georgia better get primetime II quick before he go to fsu or georgia tech.

Houndstooth = Class

March 6th, 2012
7:34 am

Will Little Deion wind up going to jail here, too?

Only if he decides to play college ball at Clarke County Correctional & University at Athens.

REAL Football Players wear the Crimson.

ROLL!!

TIDE!!

Johnny Too Good

March 6th, 2012
7:37 am

From the film it looks like he may be lacking a bit of speed, there are a few clips where he gets caught from behind or cant beat an angle
At 5′9 175, D1’s are expecting kids to be sub 4.5

Roshawna

March 6th, 2012
7:38 am

At 5′8″ he ain’t goin’ nowhere.

george

March 6th, 2012
7:39 am

i hope young sanders is lightning quick as the trend seems to be for top schools to have tall and strong wide receivers who can go up and get the ball over 5′10″ corners. sanders is sending his son to prep school to improve his chances like other parents, including some friends of mine, sent their kids to prep school for a year or two to improve their chances for ivy league admission. of course they went to well established eastern prep schools. annapolis and west point also have long standing relationships with a number of prep schools designed to better prepare future midshipmen and cadets for sucess at the academies.

Houndstooth = Class

March 6th, 2012
7:41 am

In other news, Marcus Vick is back in jail this morning.

Are we sure the Vick Brothers didn’t matriculate in Athens before transferring to HokieLand?

Bama Players actually graduate and become leaders & pillars of the community.

ROLL!!

TIDE!!

Max Sizemore

March 6th, 2012
7:44 am

So what is the Atlanta Sports Academy? Whom do they play? Not a member of the GHSA.

TuxedoYoda

March 6th, 2012
7:45 am

Playing at Houston really isn’t a bad gig. They slaughtered Penn State in a bowl game this past year.

NeoDawg

March 6th, 2012
7:47 am

Hard to believe that is Deion’s son – it looks like he actually knows how to tackle someone with the ball.

mountain man

March 6th, 2012
7:50 am

I agree NeoDawg

Houndstooth = Class

March 6th, 2012
7:51 am

Will Coach Mark Richt sing “Happy Birthday” to Deion, JR?

LOL!

Coach Saban, a REAL Coach and Man’s Man, would never have to defile himself like that to “beg” a recruit to come be a CHAMPION in Tuscaloosa.

Houndstooth = Class

March 6th, 2012
8:02 am

Would Little Deion prefer to go to Free Shoes University like his father, or was that recruiting “promotion” only good under Bobby Bowden?

Ex Dolphin

March 6th, 2012
8:02 am

Houndstooth………….. among college kids he intimidates, but with Pros he is a joke among real Men.

.

March 6th, 2012
8:03 am

@Houndstooth — Saban would “never have to defile himself…to ‘beg’” a recruit? You mean like sending a kid 104 letters in one day? Yeah, he would never do that.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 6th, 2012
8:03 am

Agent 009, that’s a list of losers.

JB

March 6th, 2012
8:04 am

This is all code for his grades are horrible and his talent is D2. nuff said.

Bulldog Proud

March 6th, 2012
8:07 am

Deion had a supersized ego and shied from contact. That is about all the bad you can say about him. He honored his college by playing 4 years, he was probably the best cover corner back to ever play the game, did not do drugs, and is active in bringing up his son. I for one admire him in that he could have turned out to be another TO, Ray Lewis, or Suh. (Ray Lewis supporters in 3,2,1 go) it don’t fly, great player, disgusting person. So Deion was divorced, so what, how many on here have been also? He has supported his children and seems to truly loves them.

JB

March 6th, 2012
8:07 am

houndstooth=class, spewing hate, is rich.

JB

March 6th, 2012
8:10 am

Like TO, who made 50+ million dollars, and is months, if not weeks from being flat broke. What a DA.
Should of put 6,7 8 mil into something income producing and be set for life.

poopdawg

March 6th, 2012
8:22 am

Beast, thats pretty funny. My favorite story on Deion was when he came to play with the Ravens, they said he had not played football in 3 yrs and not made a tackle in 6 yrs.

yo

March 6th, 2012
8:28 am

Tackles better than his dad did. He has some good skills, seems to be lacking the speed of his father in the day but then again, who doesn’t?
He does look good with the ball in his hands.

bjohnDawg

March 6th, 2012
8:28 am

Houndstooth…anyone can graduate from tide’s basketweaving major.

Beast of the East….Good One. Cannot believe I just said that. It may just be the end of the world.

Junior should have went to Houston.

Kerryb

March 6th, 2012
8:38 am

He has a nice burst of speed like his Dad. As a CB it looks like he’s always out of position. WR makes a cut and he keeps running another 2 yards before he turns around to come back. Could be a nice slot receiver but he’s no D-1 CB.

Only idiots

March 6th, 2012
8:42 am

UGA homers, people to young to see Deion play, and people still pissed about the way Deion left Atlanta, would try to say that Champ Bailey was a better DB than Deion Sanders.

Sanders was the best pure cover corner to ever play the game, Champ was the best corner in the league over a period of about 4 years.

Devil's Advocate

March 6th, 2012
8:51 am

Why are people complaining about Deion’s tackling when current NFL defensive players don’t know how to wrap up either?

Paul in NH

March 6th, 2012
8:57 am

Good luck to Deon Jr but it looks as if Deon Sr is trying to relive his glory days through his son.

dawgfan

March 6th, 2012
8:58 am

Brandon Boykin got it done at about that size but you have to be a freakishly good athlete.

Thanks.

Paul in NH

March 6th, 2012
8:58 am

Michael Haynes was better than Deion and Champ.

Reggie Ball

March 6th, 2012
9:02 am

@Houndstooth = Class, so when you and your wife/husband get divorced are you still cousins??

rollo lawson

March 6th, 2012
9:04 am

Actually, the guy looks pretty good. He definitely has D1 talent. If he was a legit 5′10, the big-time schools would be all over him. You can tell by the highlights that the kid has talent. Nothing but a bunch of haters on this blog.

bjohnDawg

March 6th, 2012
9:06 am

What is a pure cornerback? One that does not tackle?
Dion was a matador so many times it was funny.

Gem

March 6th, 2012
9:09 am

Jr. hit more people in this video than Sr. did in his NFL career. Where’d that come from? His Mom?

RT

March 6th, 2012
9:12 am

Shorter University, LaGrange College, Kennesaw State, Mercer University and Point University are his best options in no particular order, if his family is considering Georgia colleges.

Houndstooth = Class

March 6th, 2012
9:12 am

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Houndstooth = Class

March 6th, 2012
9:13 am

Will Deion, JR. smile like his father for his booking photo (aka “Media Guide & Game Day Program Photo) at Clarke County Correctional & University at Athens?

Book Him, Sabo!

Devil's Advocate

March 6th, 2012
9:14 am

Yep, haters galore. Deion only took away his side of the field in his prime. But hey, he’s not a great football player because he didn’t run around leading with his helmet after a WR or RB gained another 1st down!

Today’s NFL: Big hits are more important than stopping the offense from moving the ball.

Devil's Advocate

March 6th, 2012
9:16 am

Now Charles Dimry was a great CB! Did you see all the big hits he’d make 20+ yards down field? Man, those were good times. He’s right up there with Keith Brooking just before he left ATL. Two of the greatest down field tacklers in NFL history right there.

EIBama

March 6th, 2012
9:22 am

bama don’t want nothing to do with midget DBs running 4.5 40s.