Deion Sanders Lands No. 1 Cornerback for Second Straight Recruiting Cycle As Cormani McClain Flips to Colorado

By Dan Hope on January 19, 2023 at 10:36 pm
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Deion Sanders has now landed the No. 1-ranked cornerback in two straight recruiting classes.

After shocking the recruiting world by flipping 2022 No. 1 overall prospect Travis Hunter from Florida State to Jackson State a year ago, Sanders did it again on Thursday night when Cormani McClain – the top-ranked cornerback and No. 12 overall prospect in the 2023 class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings – announced his flip from Miami to Colorado.

McClain is the highest-rated recruit to commit to Colorado in the last 15 years. With his addition, the Buffaloes now have the 19th-ranked recruiting class of 2023 even though Sanders just became Colorado’s head coach in December.

Colorado’s 2023 roster will now feature the No. 1-ranked cornerbacks from both the 2022 and 2023 recruiting classes as Hunter transferred from Jackson State to Colorado on National Signing Day.

Together, they should provide a massive boost to a Colorado defense that was the worst in the entire nation with 44.5 points allowed per game in 2022. They lead an influx of talent via recruiting and the transfer portal that Coach Prime hopes will lead to immediate results as he takes over a program that went just 1-11 last year.


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