What will Cormani McClain do? His decision could make a great Canes class even better
That’s what the mother of 5-star recruit Cormani McClain tweeted on Wednesday. She alerted the recruiting world that her son, the nation’s top prep cornerback, would not be making his college selection on the opening of the National Signing Day’s early period.
With McClain, the Miami Hurricanes have the nation’s No. 3 recruiting class through the early period. But if McClain were to break his commitment to Miami, the Canes’ class would slip to No. 5.
Here are five takeaways regarding Canes recruiting after a frenetic Day 1 of the Early Signing Period:
1: Surprise, surprise
Behind the scenes, the Canes appear confident they can land McClain later this week. Thin at cornerback, the Canes badly need McClain to sign.
Beyond that, the only committed recruit they lost on Wednesday was 3-star tight end Reid Mikeska. His first commitment was to Clemson. He switched to Miami, and then he signed on Wednesday with South Carolina.
Miami, though, already has two tight ends in this class, including Portland’s Riley Williams, the No. 2-ranked TE in the nation. Jackson Carver, a 3-star TE, is also in this class.
2: Happy homecoming
Miami won some late recruiting battles, getting running back Mark Fletcher, who rushed for more than 1,900 yards this year for state champion American Heritage.
Fletcher and Chris Johnson give the Canes a brilliant 1-2 RB punch – both of them from their backyard in Fort Lauderdale.
3: Oh, brother
The Canes signed linebacker Francisco Mauigoa, a transfer who was Washington State’s third-best defender this past season.
He is the older brother of another player in this class, 5-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa.
Miami also got the Brown brothers to play cornerback. Davonte Brown decided on Monday to transfer in from UCF. Two days later, his younger brother, Damari Brown – a 4-star recruit – picked Miami. Their father is former Canes defensive back Selwyn Brown.
When was the last time Miami has signed two sets of brothers in the same class?
The Brown brothers should fit right in at defensive back. Miami has 2 other 4-star DBs in this class – Robert Stafford and Antione Jackson. If the Canes can add McClain, that would make for a great DB class.
Stafford has a lot of upside since he has only been playing defense for two years.
4: Complete class
Miami covered just about every position with its 25 incoming freshmen, including punter Dylan Joyce from Australia. If he’s as good as his predecessor at the position, Australian Lou Hedley, Miami will be thrilled.
By the way, the Canes got a second Australian in this class – offensive tackle Frankie Tinilau.
The Canes also added 2 other transfers besides Davonte Brown and Francisco Mauigoa. They got former Alabama guard Javion Cohen and ex-Georgia State defensive lineman Thomas Gore.
5: Early impact
It will be interesting to see which freshmen – besides punter Joyce — get on the field first.
In truth, there are opportunities all over the field, including wide receivers Robby Washington and Nathaniel “Ray Ray” Joseph.
Offensive linemen usually take some time to develop – even when they are as highly touted as the ones signed by the Canes.
But watch for 4-star Miami Central edge rusher Rueben Bain, who produced 59.5 sacks the past 2 years. Edge rusher Jayden Wayne is a freakish athlete, and he could make a frightening 1-2 punch along with Bain.
The same 1-2-punch thing can be said for the running backs, Fletcher and Johnson, and tight end
Williams has a shot for playing time, too.
Of course, the recruit who could be the biggest star is the one who hasn’t signed – yet – McClain.