Lakeland (Fla.) Five-Star Plus+ cornerback Cormani McClain is the highest-ranked unsigned recruit in the 2023 cycle. The 6-foot-1.5, 160-pound defensive back committed to Miami on Oct. 27, but did not sign with the Hurricanes during the Early Signing Period.
McClain is currently in Orlando at hotel check-in of the All-America Game. Per On3’s Jeremy Johnson, he declined to be interviewed by reporters.
McClain is the No. 3 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. 1 player in Florida.
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“We (were) just telling him, ‘Do what’s best for you,'” Orlando (Fla.) Edgwater five-star running back Cedric Baxter Jr., a Texas signee, said about McClain. “Nobody knows what he’s gonna do but him, literally. That’s the way I look at it.”
“I think he’ll stick it through,” Long Beach (Calif.) Long Beach Poly four-star cornerback Daylen Austin, an Oregon signee, also shared about McClain. “I don’t really know him like that, so I don’t know what he’ll do.”
McClain has an On3 NIL Valuation of $366K. The On3 NIL Valuation is an index that looks to set the standard market value for both high school and college-level athletes. 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:
“Has the best combination of stature, athleticism and ball skills among cornerback prospects in the 2023 cycle. Measured over 6-foot-1 prior to his junior season and has posted some of the best testing numbers in a combine setting we’ve seen from prospects in his cycle. A twitchy, bouncy athlete with explosive movement patterns. Pairs that athleticism with high end skill on the field. Has proven to be a ballhawk defender with nine interceptions as a sophomore and five picks midway through his junior season.
“Uses his quickness to stay in-phase with receivers off the line and long speed to turn and run downfield. Highly instinctual and plays fast. Breaks on the ball quickly. Comfortable playing off and press coverage. Doubles as a receiver, which aids in his ball skills and coordination. Would be a four-star type talent at receiver if he chose. Has a thinner frame at 165 pounds and will need to continue adding bulk. Older for the class.”