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Chauncey Gooden of Lipscomb Academy commits to Colorado and Deion Sanders
Chauncey Gooden of Lipscomb Academy commits to Colorado and Deion Sanders

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Lipscomb Academy offensive lineman Chauncey Gooden has committed to Deion Sanders and the Colorado college football team, according to a post on Gooden’s X-Account (formerly Twitter).

Gooden, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman last year, is the seventh-best recruit in Tennessee for the class of 2025 and the 19th-best offensive lineman in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Last December, he listed Tennessee among his top 10 schools along with Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon and South Carolina.

Gooden’s commitment coincided with the commitment of veteran offensive lineman Douglas Utu, a promising four-star talent from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, who agreed to a contract with the Tennessee Volunteers on Monday morning.

Hayes Fawcett of On3.com reports that Gooden chose Colorado over finalists Clemson, Auburn and Missouri.

Gooden attended Clemson’s Junior Day in January and talked about his desire to attend Colorado. He met Colorado coach Sanders when he was the coach at Jackson State.

Gooden is Colorado’s highest-rated commitment from the 2025 class and the second-highest-rated high school offensive line commitment since Sanders took over as coach of the Buffaloes late in the 2022 season. Last year, Colorado signed IMG Academy center Jordan Seaton, a five-star talent and the 13th-ranked player in the 2024 class nationally, according to 247 Composite.

Gooden is a two-time Tennessean All-Midstate and TSWA All-State offensive lineman who will be a three-year starter this fall. He helped Lipscomb Academy win back-to-back state championships in 2021 and 2022 under former coach Trent Dilfer.

The Mustangs struggled last season, finishing 4-6. Kevin Mawae was fired in his only season as head coach after the school was eliminated from the 2023 TSSAA playoffs. Former Whites Creek and Vanderbilt star Jamie Graham took over as head coach in December.

Reach sportswriter George Robinson at [email protected] and on the X-Platform (formerly Twitter) @Cville_Sports.

By Everly