May 19, 2024

The Gators have secured a commitment from former Colorado defensive back Cormani McClain, a familiar name from the transfer portal. Despite a longer process than anticipated, McClain, a former five-star recruit, has chosen to join the Florida Gators. Following an official visit to Gainesville mid-week, McClain committed to the Gators as a transfer target, marking his second visit to UF’s campus in May. During his recent visit, he spent considerable time with head coach Billy Napier.

McClain’s history with the Gators dates back to his high school recruitment. He was widely expected to choose Florida, with the 247Sports Crystal Ball indicating UF as the favorite leading up to his commitment ceremony in October 2022. However, McClain surprised many by selecting Miami over Alabama and Florida. Ultimately, he didn’t sign with Miami during the Early Signing Period and later opted for Colorado after Deion Sanders was hired as their coach.

During his freshman season at Colorado, McClain appeared in nine games, starting four. He contributed 13 tackles (including one for a loss) and deflected two passes. Given the Gators’ roster constraints, McClain may initially join as a preferred walk-on, but opportunities could arise for a scholarship spot as roster dynamics shift. With projected starters Jason Marshall and Devin Moore, along with promising young talent, McClain bolsters the Gators’ defensive depth, fulfilling a longstanding wish of the Florida coaching staff.

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McClain’s addition marks one of 14 transfers to join the Gators this offseason, including notable names like Jason Zandamela, Joey Slackman, and Jameer Grimsley. Despite the influx of transfers, Florida’s overall class ranking remains strong, currently sitting at No. 7 overall on 247Sports team rankings.

On 247Sports transfer rankings, McClain is ranked as the No. 21 overall transfer prospect and the No. 5 cornerback. As a high school recruit in the class of 2023, he was a highly regarded five-star prospect, ranked as the nation’s No. 14 overall player and the No. 1 cornerback.

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