2023 Recruiting Profile: CB Cormani McClain is Florida’s top defensive target

Cormani McClain will be the crown jewel for whatever school he signs with, and Florida is making a strong push for him.

Cornerback [autotag]Cormani McClain[/autotag] is regarded as the best cornerback in the class of 2023 by every major recruiting service out there. He’s ranked within the top five by everyone and is considered the best defensive recruit available in the current cycle.

He used a combination of speed, length, instincts and ball skills to total 19 interceptions over the last two seasons. Well on his way to being a Day 1 NFL draft prospect, McClain is looking to make an impact on a program early before heading to the pros. He’s also looking for a coach that can teach him a thing or two before he heads to the highest level of play.

That’s where Florida comes in. Billy Napier brought in cornerbacks coach [autotag]Corey Raymond[/autotag] for a reason, and the former LSU assistant seems to be hitting it off famously with the nation’s top defensive back recruit. Even more, the Lakeland, Florida, cornerback named UF as one of his top two schools following a trip to the Swamp for the Gators’ spring game.

Now focusing on official visits, it seems Florida is reaching the finals stages of this decision, but McClain says he’ll wait until after his senior year to make the call.

Cormani McClain’s Recruiting Profile


2022 Gators Football Recruiting Profile: Sam McCall

Florida Gators recruiting class of 2022 features five-star athlete and cornerback Sam McCall from Lake Gibson High School in Lakeland, FL.

Name: Sam McCall

Position: Cornerback

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 189 lbs

Hometown: Lakeland, Florida

High School: Lake Gibson

Twitter: @alabama313

247Sports Composite: Five-star

Rivals.com: Four-star


Listed as the No. 4 athlete in the 2022 class by the 247Sports Composite, which also ranks McCall as the fifth-best player in the talent-rich state, he committed to the Gators on October 28, choosing the program over the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida State Seminoles and Oklahoma Sooners.

Cornerbacks coach Torrian Gray was McCall’s primary recruiter, with an assist from passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales.

“Athlete” can be a wide-ranging term when it comes to recruiting, but the expectation, according to many people around the program, is McCall will play cornerback in Gainesville, with the possibility existing of him contributing as a wide receiver, too.

Earning a grade of .9844 from the Composite, he is the 41st-highest all-time commit for Florida.

Presently, McCall is one of just two members in the Gators’ 2022 class, joining Miami four-star wide receiver Syveion Ellis.