Welcome to the U Corma...wait, what???
That was Miami fans’ reaction yesterday morning when shortly before the 5 star cornerback’s signing ceremony, his mom posted on social media that his signing ceremony was a “false alarm.”
FALSE ALARM!!!!— Kaishay (@Kaishay5) December 21, 2022
THERE WILL BE NO SIGNING FOR @CormaniMcClain2 TODAY….
SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!!!
Sure enough, Cormani was a no show for the ceremony. The news stunned the recruiting world. Even Lakeland coaches and staff were unprepared for his absence.
How surprising was Cormani McClain’s decision not to sign today?— Rivals (@Rivals) December 21, 2022
His own school didn’t know
: @polk_way pic.twitter.com/qGQKnCdFfG
So now what? Should Canes fans be worried in the ever unpredictable world of college football recruiting?
Let’s tackle the worst case scenario head on. While Florida fans think they have shot, the real threat here is Colorado. There were reports yesterday from 247 Sports that Coach Prime (aka Deion Sanders) is making a last minute push to lure Cormani to Colorado. Steve Wiltfong, Director of Recruiting at 247Sports, reported that Cormani had spoken to Coach Prime yesterday morning prior to his decision to skip the ceremony.
Also ON3’s “crystal ball” tilted this morning towards Cormani flipping to Colorado.
The #1 CB in the country Cormani McClain has received an ON3 prediction to sign with Deion Sanders and Colorado.— CFBLIVE247 (@CFBLive247_) December 22, 2022
McClain is currently committed to the Miami Hurricanes. pic.twitter.com/PXF9FxS5Ad
In his short time at Colorado, Deion is pushing HARD for last minute, elite prospects. Sometimes with success, sometimes not. On December 10th, Deion flipped four star RB Dylan Edwards away from Notre Dame. Deion also lured top 100 WR/ATH Adam Hopkins away from his previous commitment to Auburn. On the other hand, Deion fell short of flipping Malachi Coleman, a rare top 100 player out of Nebraska, away from the Huskers and their new head coach Matt Rhule.
By the way, recruiting is a two-way street. Cristobal was pitching for Travis Hunter, who was Coach Prime’s crown jewel player at Jackson St., to come to South Florida. Hunter ultimately confirmed his commitment to Deion Sanders and Colorado, but it seems turnabout is fair play as Deion now pitches for Cormani.
With respect to Cormani, there’s smoke here for sure, but how big is the fire? At yesterday’s press conference, Cristobal (without naming names because he can’t discuss unsigned players) was confident that Miami would sign him. Obviously Lakeland’s coaches thought he was signing with Miami as recently as yesterday morning. And last week at Lakeland’s state championship game, Cormani was giving nothing but love to the Hurricanes.
Cormani representing pic.twitter.com/LHMipxR97H— Melissa (Hoodie Girl) (@TheCoolerMelB) December 18, 2022
Cormani himself retweeted a Rivals video of him flashing the U at the game.
Five-star Miami DB commit Cormani McClain celebrating a state title pic.twitter.com/kWVx0Ciz1c— Rivals (@Rivals) December 17, 2022
There were also credible reports yesterday that Cormani’s delay was due to a video that was supposed to be released with his signing, but wasn’t ready to go live. This theory is plausible considering that he released a custom video concurrently with his pledge to Miami.
October 28, 2022
Frankly, I can see the alure of Cormani playing for Coach Prime. Like Deion, Cormani is a playmaking defensive back (he started his high school career at WR before injuries turned him into a DB where he blossomed into a generational talent). At the time of his commitment, Cormani was also reportedly excited about the prospect of immediate playtime for the Canes. Colorado will DEFINITELY be able to give him immediate playing time.
But at the end of the day, I think Cormani sticks with the Canes. While this is a bit of a guessing game, most insiders (outside of 247) are predicting he keeps his commitment. Let’s hope they’re right.
Even if Deion lures Cormani away, Cristobal and ace recruiter Demarcus Van Dyke brought in quite a bit of secondary help this recruiting class. Miami secured commitments from three, 4 star players: Robert Stafford, Antione Jackson, and Damari Brown. That’s in addition to Brown’s brother, Davonte, who announced he’s transferring from UCF.