Commitment Breakdown: Five Star 2023 CB Cormani McClain heads to Colorado

What was once rumored to be a sure thing for Florida became a lock for Miami. As the early signing period arrived, the Hurricanes’ feather-in-the-hood victory by Cormani McClain’s verbal landing was called into question when the Sunshine State prospect failed to sign its national letter of intent. On Thursday, Colorado made its biggest turnaround in the 2023 recruiting cycle by securing the deployment of the five-star DB from Lakeland High School, keeping McClain away from Miami.


When McClain is in his game, there is no better turn in the class of 2023. McClain has the height, wingspan, hips and speed that defensive coordinators dream of for corners. Colorado has landed a five-tool defender who can provide cover and support against the run. Expect McClain to start for Colorado from day one.


Coaching changes Carl Dorrell until Deon Sanders causes a restructuring of the grid. The Buffaloes suffered a 1-11 season in 2022 and they had to bring new talent to Boulder. Landing a jack-of-all-trades in McClain’s corner allows the defense to eclipse the rest of the field, knowing their true freshman can lock down the best Pac-12 receivers in one-on-one matchups.

Prime Time made noise a year ago by moving top-rated 2022 prospect Travis Hunter away from the DI level to Jackson State. A year later, Coach Prime does it again and surprised everyone by adding McClain. The message is clear: Colorado will be able to recruit nationally, sending a message to blueblood programs across the country.

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