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5-star CB Cormani McClain signs with Colorado, Deion Sanders

Drew Schott02/01/23
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Cormani McClain
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Lakeland (Fla.) five-star cornerback Cormani McClain has signed his National Letter of Intent with Colorado. He flipped to the Buffaloes from Miami on Jan. 19.

McClain is the No. 13 overall prospect and No. 1 cornerback in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the No. 3 player in Florida.

The 6-foot-1.5, 160-pound defensive back is the highest-ranked pledge in Colorado’s 2023 recruiting class. He chose the Buffaloes after taking an official visit to Boulder on the weekend of Jan. 14.

A Florida native, McClain has an On3 NIL Valuation of $362K. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.

Cormani McClain On3 Scouting Summary

The following is the On3 Scouting Summary for Cormani McClain:

“One of the tallest cornerbacks in the 2023 cycle who emerged as a top prospect at the position as an underclassman. Has a tall, thin build measuring close to 6-foot-2, 160 pounds. Has good length with a 6-foot-4 wing-span. Tested as a plus athlete prior to his junior year, running a 4.58 second 40-yard dash along with a 10’8” broad jump. Emerged as a ballhawking defender with nine interceptions as a sophomore and six picks in his junior season. Pairs his strong ball skills with the ability to break on the ball quickly.

“Physical, chippy corner who plays with an edge. Shows good coverage instincts and makes plays as a freelancer. Best when making plays in front of him. Transferred high schools as a senior was not targeted often. Had ups and downs staying in-phase with receivers on downfield routes in multiple neutral settings. Will need to continue improving his long speed and gaining mass and strength at the next level. Older for the cycle, turning 19 years-old during his senior year.”