Deion Sanders says Lincoln Riley 'better call Snoop' Dogg for recruiting help at USC

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Deion Sanders has a theory on why Lincoln Riley left Oklahoma for Southern California, and he shared it on his 21st and Prime podcast.

"As a man, you've got to see things in life coming," Sanders said. "I'm pretty sure as a coach, being the acclaimed coach that he is, he sees he's reached the mountaintop at Oklahoma. The only place he can go now is down. You've got the SEC coming. Ain't no off days. Where he was, he had one or two games a year. One or two big games, that was it."

Southern California announced Riley as head football coach on Sunday, hours after the Sooners lost to rival Oklahoma State on Saturday night.

Oklahoma will join the SEC in 2025, and Sanders said that Riley likely foresaw trouble competing with the SEC's best teams.

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"He saw it coming, and they were trending down," Sanders said. "Not trending up even with some of the best, most talented recruits in the country. Still not trending up. Not being able to get over that hurdle called Alabama or that hurdle called Georgia."

Sanders said recruiting in California versus Oklahoma is a whole different ballgame as well. Sanders suggested that Riley call rapper Snoop Dogg to help him navigate the recruiting landscape.

"California kids are a little different than these kids in other parts of the country, my man. I'm telling you what I know, not what I heard," Sanders said. "I'll tell you what, you better get some recruiters called Snoop Dogg and some other guys that's into the youth football that know dogs, and got dogs, and that's bringing dogs because it's a little different out there, my man."

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Sanders also said he feels that recruiters don't get enough credit compared to head coaches for bringing in major recruits.

"This is what the reality is," Sanders said. "You've got certain guys who are up for certain positions all the time. Ain't nothing wrong with that, because I think they deserve it. I think they're a heck of a coach, coaches. They're more than worthy, they're really smart, savvy, they coach their butts off.

"But guess who is doing all the recruiting? The brothers. Isn't 70-75%, might be 70% of college athletes African-American? Who do you think they are sending into those homes?"

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Sanders said that Black recruiters are often sent to recruit kids who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and don't get the same credit as the head coach does when they land them.

"Especially when you've got to go get that kid that grew up a little tough, grew up a little rough," Sanders said. "Maybe single-parent home. That got that it, you know, he has a little character issue but you can teach him, learn him, and give him the right resources and the structure, and he could be something to behold. Guess whose going to get that kid?

"But you never hear about those guys. Those guys are never mentioned. They never get the praiseYeah they kick them down, they give them a little something, they make sure they're straight, but you never hear about them. You keep hearing about this guy and you keep paying him like crazy this guy, but this guy is the one making that guy look like that guy."

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Sanders said he learned during the spring that it doesn't matter how good a coaching staff is, if a team doesn't have the right players it can forget about winning.

"I don't care how good you are, if you don't have those dogs ain't nobody going to hunt," Sanders said. "

Sanders said Riley won't have a problem getting quarterbacks to come to USC, based on his track record. But its the other positions he may have to watch out for.

"But the guys they're throwing to? The guys they're handing the ball off to? The DB's that's covering them? The linebackers that's blitzing? The running backs that's running? Even some of the linemen and the (defensive) tackles that's hunting? Oh, you better call Snoop."

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Sanders and Jackson State are looking to win the program's first SWAC title since 2007 when the Tigers kick off against Prairie View A&M on Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Deion Sanders has theory on why Lincoln Riley left OU football for USC