Signings breakdown: Five-star CB Cormani McClain joins Colorado in 2023 – Rivals.com

Signings breakdown: Five-star CB Cormani McClain joins Colorado in 2023 – Rivals.com

What was once considered a safe bet for Florida has become a ban for Miami. As the early signing period approached, the Hurricanes’ featherweight victory was challenged by Cormani McClain’s verbal landing when the Sunshine State prospect failed to sign its National Letter of Intent. On Thursday, Colorado pulled off the biggest flip of the 2023 recruiting cycle, securing the engagement of the five-star DB from Lakeland High School and keeping McClain out of Miami.

WHAT COLORADO GETS

If McClain is in his game, there’s no better corner in the 2023 class. McClain has the height, span, hips and speed defensive corner coordinators dream of. Colorado has landed a five-tool defender who can cover and support the run. Expect McClain to start for Colorado from day one.

WHY THIS IS BIG FOR COLORADO

The change of coach Karl Dorrell to Deion Sander carries out a restructuring of the squad. The Buffaloes suffered from a 1-11 season in 2022 and had to bring new talent to Boulder. Landing a jack-of-all-trades talent on the corner in McClain will allow the defense to shade themselves from the rest of the field, knowing their true freshman is pinning down the best Pac-12 receivers in one-on-one matchups can.

Prime Time made noise a year ago when it pulled prime 2022 prospect Travis Hunter from the DI level to Jackson State. A year later, Coach Prime does it again and surprises everyone by adding McClain. The message is clear: Colorado will be able to recruit nationally, which sends a message to Blueblood programs across the country.