Deion Sanders, Colorado reportedly closing in on flipping No. 1 corner in 2023 class
Deion Sanders appears close to assembling a terrifying tandem at cornerback in Boulder.
The Buffaloes have received a Crystal Ball prediction from 247Sports to land Lakeland (Fla.) cornerback Cormani McClain. The 6-foot-2 McClain is currently publicly committed to Miami, but bypassed signing with the Hurricanes during the Early Signing Period last month. He has been courted heavily by both Colorado and Alabama ever since.
Cormani McClain (The No. 1 CB in the 2023 recruiting class) has officially been crystal balled to Colorado.
If McClain commits, he would join fellow five-star CB Travis Hunter.
This could be one of the SCARIEST CB duos in all of college football 😳 pic.twitter.com/SOjhS2Zzea
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McClain was on a visit to Colorado over the weekend, and shared photos on social media shortly after returning home.
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McClain said during the Under Armour All-America Game he was planning to sign on Jan. 15, but as of publication, nothing has been made public. The talented cornerback could sign financial paperwork with a specific school now, but he wouldn’t sign a binding national letter of intent until February.
During the all-star showcase, McClain said he was looking to come in and play as a freshman.
With Sanders at Colorado, that opportunity certainly exists. The Buffs won just one game last season, and when Sanders took over, he addressed the team by saying there were going to be major changes and no job was safe.
McClain ranks as No. 2 overall prospect in the 2023 class and the top recruit from the state of Florida, according to the industry-generated 247 Composite. A 5-star, he’s viewed as the best corner in the class. A CU commitment would give the Buffs the No. 1 corner in each of the last two recruiting classes.
Travis Hunter was the Composite No. 1 overall recruit in the 2022 class. He played his freshman season for Sanders at Jackson State, then followed Sanders to Colorado last month.
The Buffs currently have 23 transfers committed to the program and a freshman signing class that features 18 more newcomers. McClain, should he flip, would become the third-highest-ranked recruit to ever sign with CU out of high school.