The nation’s No. 1 CB Cormani McClain commits to Miami

The Top247’s No. 1 cornerback Cormani McClain announced his commitment to Miami on Thursday evening during a ceremony in Lakeland, Fla., per 247Sports National Analyst Andrew Ivins who was on the scene. The 247Sports Composite’s No. 2 recruit also strongly considered Alabama and Florida.

McClain is commit No. 18 for Mario Cristobal and the Hurricanes in the 2023 recruiting cycle. Cristobal cannot publicly comment on the 6-foot-2, 165-pound McClain until he puts pen to paper for the school, but he’s fired up about what the program is continuing to build on the recruiting trail.

“We all left championship programs knowing there is a lot of work to do here,” Cristobal told 247Sports regarding his staff. “When down here done right, we can attract the best of the best and that guys they know the magnitude of Miami, the university and the history and everything else. It hasn’t been done right in several years because Miami hasn’t made the commitment. Miami is committed now and Miami has made it clear it’s rebuilding and looking for elite players that have the mentality, the work ethic and the character, to be those builders to make Miami elite again.”

Miami rises from No. 12 to No. 8 in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings with McClain in the fold.

“Miami was once the gold standard and needs to be the gold standard again.”

McClain joins a class that also includes the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa. Moving forward the Hurricanes will aim to close on guys like the 247Sports Composite’s No. 2 cornerback Desmond Ricks, five-star offensive tackle Samson Okunlola and Top247 edge rusher Rueben Bain among others.

McClain has 20 career interceptions at this point in his high school career. Ivins breaks down McClain’s verbal to the Hurricanes here.

“A new-age cornerback prospect that has a chance to be a difference maker at football’s highest levels given his rare blend of size, length and speed. Started prep career off playing primarily wide receiver before being thrust into action on the defensive side of the ball. Excelled right away as a perimeter defender against top Sunshine State competition picking off nine passes as a sophomore and 10 more as a junior. Still very raw from a technical standpoint, but is athletic enough to carry and cover most vertical routes. Leggy transitions aren’t exactly ideal, but has a knack for putting himself in position to make a play at the catch point and can quickly close gaps with an elite burst. Has experience working in both man and off-coverage. Not one to shy away from contact and is a rather spirited as an open-field tackler, but must improve in the boxing ring if he’s going to settle in as a true bump-and-run corner on Saturdays. Tested off the charts as an underclassman posting a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash to go along with a 128-inch broad jump and a 4.3 in the short shuttle. Will need to eventually add mass to a slender frame and continue to refine footwork/technique once enrolled at the school of his choice, but has one of the highest ceilings in the entire class of 2023 given how he moves –and covers– for someone that’s pushing 6-foot-2. Must learn how to block out mistakes and find some inner confidence once adversity hits, but has the physical makeup of a potential impact player for a College Football Playoff contender and a possible early-round NFL Draft selection if he can keep progressing. Could experience some initial growing pains, but freakish traits are worth molding for the long haul.”

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