McClain calls the Florida Gators “home” after Thursday’s visit

This spring, the Florida Gators coaching staff have hosted a lot of their top defensive back targets on campus for visits and that continued Thursday.

Defensive back Cormani McClain (6-1, 165, Lakeland, FL. Lake Gibson) was on campus and enjoyed seeing the coaching staff again.

“It was great hanging out, seeing a new view,” McClain said of his visit to Florida. “Great coaching staff, shout out to the coaching staff. It was a great game.”

McClain was on campus in March, and he noticed a big difference from that practice to Thursday night’s spring game as far as the defensive backs go.

“Probably the defensive backs,” he said on what stood out during the game. “The last time I came, they’ve had great improvement since then.”

Defensive backs coach Corey Raymond has been the main contact for McClain, and he says their relationship is growing.

“It’s close, I’m not going to lie,” McClain said on his relationship with Corey Raymond. “Me and Coach Raymond have a great relationship and I think he’s a great coach. They [the staff] keep it a buck.”

Raymond’s message to McClain is simple and to the point that the Gators believe the Lake Gibson native can play early in Gainesville.

“He thinks that I can come in and start as a freshman,” he said on the message from Raymond. “Come in and play three years and out.”

McClain has continued to visit Florida and talk up the Gators and he says Florida is just a place he enjoys visiting.

“Florida is just home,” McClain said on what he likes about Florida. “It’s just a place, it’s just home. You have to have love for Florida.”

Next up for McClain will be spring practice and he plans to take official visits this summer, but he also wants to make his decision.

“June,” he said on when he wants to make a decision. “I’m looking at the atmosphere, seeing how I am around everyone, the coaching staff and the school.”

Heading into official visits, McClain says the Gators are sitting in a good spot in his recruitment.

“Probably at the top, I wouldn’t say a leader but they’re up there,” McClain said on his interest in Florida. “Alabama and Florida. Those are the two schools that I’m really interested in.”

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.