They say history tends to repeat itself.
Almost three years ago to the date, Chris Hummer of 247Sports penned a story about how five-star running back Zach Evans’ crazy recruitment had finally come to an end.
Steve Wiltfong, the director of recruiting for 247Sports, called the circus of a recruitment, which saw Evans never publicly commit to a school, an “all-timer” after the ballyhooed ball-carrier got out of an LOI with Georgia to only eventually enroll at TCU, a school that he had never really been linked to all that much in the past (two years later, Evans transferred to Ole Miss and now he’s preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft).
And while Evans might have set the precedent for what to expect from high-profile 17- and 18-year olds tasked with making life-changing decisions, five-star cornerback Cormani McClain did his best to one up the future pro on Thursday.
After not signing with Miami – a school that he had been committed to since late October – McClain told 247Sports on Thursday night that he’s headed to Colorado to play for Deion Sanders.
A shocker? Maybe to some casuals, but not anyone that has followed the Lakeland (Fla.) standout and his whereabouts closely over the past months. Once word broke on the 247Sports Signing Day Show that McClain had not made contact with the Hurricanes on the first day of the Early Signing Period, rumors quickly swirled about what might be next.
Some people (including this writer) speculated that Nick Saban was up to his old antics, but it didn’t take long for us to get to the bottom of what was really going on as Wiltfong quickly reported that the nation’s No. 1-ranked cornerback had spoken with Coach Prime.
Was this going to be Travis Hunter 2.0? That’s what everyone kind of assumed. After all, Sanders had teased that an encore was coming after he stole headlines on Signing Day 2021 when he pulled off the shocker of all shockers and flipped Hunter — the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2022 — from Florida State to Jackson State at the buzzer.
But as the 72-hour Early Signing Period window came to a close, McClain had yet to be announced by Colorado (or Miami) as a signee. That led to plenty of speculation about what’s next over the holidays and into the New Year.
Below, we take you inside everything we know and reported on during McClain’s recruitment. From the time we first scouted him, to his statement Thursday evening. Buckle up, because this one is full of twists and turns.