Son of legendary NFL Hall of Fame defensive back signs with Gamecock football

The 2019 football recruiting class for South Carolina features many big names, including Shilo Sanders, son of Deion "Prime Time" Sanders who is known for playing both football and baseball at the collegiate and professional level.

Shilo Sanders grew up in Cedar Hill, Texas and attended Trinity Christian High School. He committed to the Gamecocks on Jan. 22 and signed his letter of intent on Feb. 6. 

Shilo Sanders received four out of a possible five stars by ESPN's recruiting metrics, while 247Sports gave the young corner three out of five stars. He was ranked 287th in the country for the 2019 recruiting class by ESPN and 665th by 247Sports.

Even with the addition of Shilo Sanders and the No. 17 recruiting class in the country, according to ESPN, head football coach Will Muschamp said he knows this group will still have a learning curve ahead of them.

"We're going to be young, but we're going to be talented,” Muschamp said to 247Sports. 

Shilo Sanders is not the first Gamecock to hail from a famed father. South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn's father, Joe Horn, was a four-time Pro Bowler.

Deion Sanders is one of the very few athletes to play two sports at the top level. He had successful careers in the NFL and MLB simultaneously. 

Known primarily for his illustrious football career, Deion Sanders was the fifth overall selection in the 1989 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons after playing both baseball and football for Florida State University.

He played in the NFL from 1989 to 1999 and came out of retirement twice to add three more years to that total. During that time he accrued 53 career interceptions, eight Pro Bowl selections and two Super Bowl wins.

Deion Sanders signed with the New York Yankees in 1988 after they selected him in the 30th round of the MLB draft. He then went on to make the Yankees opening day roster in 1990. He appeared in Major League games as early as 1989 but was brought up permanently in 1990. 

Deion Sanders played until his initial retirement in 1995, but he came out of retirement twice and played two more seasons in the MLB. He ended his career with a batting average of .263 and stole 186 bases.

Shilo Sanders and the other freshman football players will play in the Garnet and Black Spring Game on April 6 at Williams-Brice Stadium, and in the first regular season game on Aug. 31 when South Carolina will take on the North Carolina Tar Heels at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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