2023 five-star cornerback Cormani McClain told 247Sports’ Carl Reed on Thursday that he has committed to Colorado after being committed to Miami for nearly two months before the early signing period. With Deion Sanders as head coach, the Buffaloes made a late push to land McClain, who is ranked the best cornerback in his class by 247Sports.
With a .9950 rating in the 247Sports Composite, McClain immediately becomes one of Colorado’s highest-ranked commits of all time. He is considered by 247Sports to be the No. 9 overall player in the class and is ranked No. 12 in the 247Sports Composite.
Colorado is coming off a 1-11 season, and McClain should get a chance to play early when Sanders’ tenure begins.
News of a possible change in McClain’s plans initially emerged on the first day of the early signing period in December, when his mother shared on social media that her son would not be signing with Miami as expected. Shortly thereafter, Steve Wiltfong, director of recruiting for 247Sports, revealed that McClain had been contacted by Colorado.
Here’s the scouting report on McClain from 247Sports Southeast recruiting analyst Andrew Ivins:
A new-age cornerback prospect who has a chance to make a difference at the highest levels of football given his rare combination of size, length and speed. He began his prep career playing primarily as a wide receiver before turning up on the defensive end of the ball. He immediately stood out as a perimeter defender against Sunshine State’s top competition, intercepting nine passes as a sophomore and 10 more as a junior. He is still very simple from a technical point of view, but he is athletic enough to carry and cover most vertical routes. Long-legged transitions aren’t exactly ideal, but he has the ability to get into position to make a play at the point of capture and can quickly close gaps with an elite burst.
Seeing Sanders have significant early success down the recruiting path isn’t a surprise, especially with a prospect like McClain, who fills the spot Sanders specialized in during his Hall of Fame career. Like Sanders, McClain was also an offensive weapon during his high school career.
The Buffs previously signed CB Travis Hunter, who followed Sanders from Jackson State to CU after ranking as the No. 1 overall prospect of the Class of 2022. Sanders steered Hunter away from an expected signing with his alma mater, Florida State, in A beginning. surprise signing period last offseason.