Colorado’s Deion Sanders was ‘spitting the facts’ on recruiting strategy, Shaq says

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal had no qualms about what Colorado soccer coach Deion Sanders mentioned when it got here to the Pro Football Hall of Famer’s technique for recruiting highschool gamers.

O’Neal and his co-hosts on “The Big Podcast,” Nischelle Turner and Spice Adams, listened to the clip of Sanders spelling out the particular issues he seems for in highschool quarterbacks vs. what he seems for in a defensive lineman. The former Los Angeles Lakers celebrity had no difficulty with what Sanders mentioned final month on “The Rich Eisen Show.”

“Ain’t nothing wrong with that. There ain’t 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 don’t do dumb s—? Daddy would have whooped my a–. Lot of kids don’t have that. A lot of kids have hard-working mothers that really have to work and they grow up on their own. And you can go left or you can go right. Studies show, statistics show, that’s just how it is.”

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Deion Sanders holds up a jersey after being introduced as the new head football coach at the University of Colorado, Dec. 4, 2022, in Boulder. Sanders left Jackson State University after three seasons at the helm of the school's football team.

Deion Sanders holds up a jersey after being launched as the brand new head soccer coach on the University of Colorado, Dec. 4, 2022, in Boulder. Sanders left Jackson State University after three seasons on the helm of the college’s soccer workforce. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

O’Neal doubled down when he defined his stance, saying Sanders was “spitting the facts.”

Turner disagreed with what Sanders was speaking about and puzzled if she can be counted out as a quarterback if she didn’t come from a two-parent family. 

Sanders made waves in February for the remarks.

Shaquille O'Neal attends Shaq's Fun House Big Game Weekend at Talking Stick Resort on Feb. 10, 2023, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Shaquille O’Neal attends Shaq’s Fun House Big Game Weekend at Talking Stick Resort on Feb. 10, 2023, in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

“Well, we have different attributes. Smart, tough, fast, disciplined with character. Now, quarterbacks are different,” Sanders informed Eisen. “We want mother, father. Dual parent. We want that kid to be 3.5 [GPA] and up. Because he has to be smart. Not bad decisions off the field, at all. Because he has to be a leader of men.”

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Sanders mentioned he seems for related attributes in offensive linemen, however his standards are completely different for the defensive facet of the soccer. 

Shaquille O'Neal attends the 2023 NBA All Star Ruffles Celebrity Game at Vivint Arena on Feb. 17, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Shaquille O’Neal attends the 2023 NBA All Star Ruffles Celebrity Game at Vivint Arena on Feb. 17, 2023, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

“Defensive linemen is totally opposite. Single mama, trying to get it, he’s on free lunch,” Sanders continued. “I’m talking about just trying to make it. He’s trying to rescue mama. Like mama barely made the flight. And I want him to just go get it. 

“It’s an entire completely different attribute that you just search for in several positions. And we’ve that stuff simply chronicled. We know what we wish, and we go 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 247 Sports.

Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders speaks with quarterback Shedeur Sanders during the Orange Blossom Classic against the Florida A&M Rattlers on Sept. 5, 2021, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

Jackson State Tigers head coach Deion Sanders speaks with quarterback Shedeur Sanders during the Orange Blossom Classic against the Florida A&M Rattlers on Sept. 5, 2021, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. (Nick Tre. Smith/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Colorado Buffaloes head football coach Deion Sanders speaks to members of the media about Signing Day at the Dal Ward Athletic Center in Boulder on Feb. 1, 2023.

Colorado Buffaloes head football coach Deion Sanders speaks to members of the media about Signing Day at the Dal Ward Athletic Center in Boulder on Feb. 1, 2023. (Matthew Jonas/MediaNews Group/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images)

“We’re not recruiting simply no strange Tom, Dick and Harry,” Sanders said. “We recruited some guys that may mild up the scoreboard and stop touchdowns from occurring. We’re coming. We’re severe about that.

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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.

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