Five-star cornerback McClain certain of three finalists

May 2, 2022 | 0 comments

Back in February Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson five-star cornerback Cormani McClain‍ released a top eight consisting of Alabama, BYU, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Ohio State, Oregon, and Michigan.

He visited three of the eight since that announcement, seeing Alabama, Southern Cal, and then Florida a couple of times in the last two months.

He used the word 'home' when announcing his intention to visit Florida for the Gators' spring game.

That wasn't an accident.

"It's home. We're all in central Florida, that makes it my city," stated McClain. "I'm not going to lie, I'm going to keep going back because there are great vibes up there." 

What a difference a year, and a new coaching staff, can make in the recruiting process.

Last April at the UC Report Camp in Orlando, after winning the Defensive Back MVP Award, standing not too far from his teammate, then Florida State, and former Florida, commit Sam McCall, the 6-foot-2, 170-pound McClain all but laughed when asked about Florida's chances of landing him.

He started to soften on that stance last fall and then saw Florida surge to the top of his board after the coaching change at UF.

"I think them bringing in a new coaching staff, a great coaching staff, made it very different," said McClain. "The coaching staff, I really think it's going to be a different Florida this year. I can't wait to see what they can do. I feel like you have to go up there to check them out now."

When asked to pinpoint the difference in the new staff compared to the previous one, McClain replied, "Really, the new coaches are putting a lot of attention on the players. They are more concerned with them as men than they are all the football stuff. Everything that they're doing, shows that they care about them."

One coach, in particular, has McClain's attention.

"Coach [Corey] Raymond, he's a great coach and he's put a lot of players in the league. I think he's going to be a great fit for them."

Though McClain said that he was still standing on the top eight he released back in February when asked, he said that he is sure of three programs that will be in it until the end.

"Florida, Alabama, and Miami," replied McClain. "Since the get-go Florida has been on my case and just the love I have for Florida. Bama is a great place and it's Alabama, they're always a No. 1 team. And Miami, it's like Florida, it's home and they have a great coaching staff. It's like Florida, I think they have dumb love for me."

He said that he will wait to take his official visits in the fall rather than over the summer.

McClain is the No. 3 ranked prospect in the nation according to the On3 Consensus.

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