Ex-Colorado cornerback and top signee Cormani McClain transferring to Florida, agent says

FILE - Colorado cornerback Cormani McClain follows a play during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Washington State, Friday, Nov. 17, 2023, in Pullman, Wash. Former Colorado cornerback Cormani McClain, who was Deion Sanders' top signees last year, is heading to Florida. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

By The Associated Press

Former Colorado cornerback Cormani McClain, who was Deion Sanders’ top high school signee last year, is heading to Florida.

McClain’s agent, Hector Rivas of Disruptive Sports, confirmed McClain’s decision Wednesday to The Associated Press and said the player intended to enroll as soon as possible. ESPN first reported the move.

McClain was a five-star recruit out of Lakeland, Florida, rated as the No. 2 overall prospect of 2023 in the 247Sports composite rankings.

He made 13 tackles and had two pass breakups as a freshman, starting four games and playing in nine. McClain flipped from Miami to Colorado in January 2023 after the Buffaloes hired Sanders.

“I want the best for him, man. I really do. I want that kid to soar,” Sanders said after McClain entered the transfer portal. “Sometimes you need to disconnect from something to reconnect to something else to restart you and re-energize you and stabilize you.”

McClain joins a Florida defense that struggled last season. Gators coach Billy Napier has added transfers to bolster the group, including former Alabama cornerback Jameer Grimsley, former Washington safety Asa Turner and former South Carolina linebacker Grayson Howard.


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