Auburn transfer Colton Hood excited about opportunity to play for CU Buffs, Coach Prime – BuffZone

Former Auburn cornerback Colton Hood is moving to Colorado to play for the Buffaloes.  (Courtesy of Colton Hood)
Former Auburn cornerback Colton Hood is moving to Colorado to play for the Buffaloes. (Courtesy of Colton Hood)

Growing up in Georgia, Colton Hood played a variety of sports and positions, looking up to one of the most versatile athletes in history: Deion Sanders.

Now Hood will get a chance to play for Sanders, the second-year head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes. Earlier this week, Hood verbally committed to transferring to CU after one season at Auburn.

“I’m extremely excited. Coach Prime was my idol growing up,” he said. “I’ve read his book, I’ve listened to almost every documentary, all that stuff. So I’m very excited to learn from him.”

Hood and his younger brother Brandon grew up dreaming of playing together, ideally at Auburn. However, the Tigers didn’t have room in their backfield for Brandon, a 2024 running back recruit from Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in Georgia.

However, they found a good match in Boulder. Brandon also committed to CU last week.

“Auburn was always my dream school,” Colton said. ‘I have to go there. I’ve played in a few games. So that was a good dream of mine, but I think now I’m on to the next dream, the next goal: playing with my brother in Colorado and playing under Coach Prime.

Colton came out of Eagle’s Landing in 2023 and was a four-star cornerback prospect. At 6-foot-1 and 188 pounds, he played in four games at Auburn last season, posting three tackles in 44 snaps. He has four years to play at CU and would like to make a bigger impact than last year.

“I loved Auburn,” he said. “It was my dream school. (Cornerbacks coach Wesley McGriff) has really helped me in terms of improving my IQ, learning the game and things like that.

However, Hood couldn’t pass up the opportunity at CU. He is primarily an offensive player (receiver and quarterback) growing up hoping to get the opportunity to play both sides of the ball at CU.

“I know I’m a really good receiver and I know I can play both ends,” he said. “Colorado, I just feel like going there, I would get that opportunity.”