They say history tends to repeat itself.

Nearly three years ago, 247Sports’ Chris Hammer wrote the story of how five-star runner Zach Evans’ crazy run finally came to an end.

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Steve Wiltfong, director of recruiting for 247Sports, called a circus set in which Evans never publicly agreed to the school “all the time” after the hyped ballman walked out of LOI with Georgia to eventually only sign up for TCU, the school , with whom he has never been so strongly associated in the past (Evans moved to Ole Miss two years later and is now up for the 2023 NFL Draft).

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And while Evans may have set the precedent for what to expect from high-profile 17- and 18-year-olds who are tasked with making life-changing decisions, the five-star cornerback Kormani McClain did his best to get ahead of the future pro on Thursday.

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After McClain didn’t sign with Miami, a school he’s been attending since late October, McClain told 247Sports Thursday night he’s on his way to Colorado to play for Deion Sanders.

Shock? Maybe for some random people, but not for those who have closely followed the standout player in Lakeland, Florida and his whereabouts over the past months. As soon as it was revealed at the 247Sports Signing Day Show that McClain hadn’t made contact with the Hurricanes on the first day of the early signing period, rumors quickly swirled about what could happen next.

Some people (including this writer) suggested 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 was quick to report that he was number one nationally. The quarterback was talking to Coach Prime.

Will it be Travis Hunter 2.0? That’s what everyone assumed. After all, Sanders teased that he would be doing an encore after he stole the headlines on Signing Day 2021, when he performed a Shock of All Shockers and flipped Hunter — the No. 1 rookie in the class of 2022 — from Florida State to Jackson State. buzzer.

But as the 72-hour early signing period drew to a close, McClain had not yet been declared a signatory by Colorado (or Miami). This has led to a lot of speculation about what’s next for the holidays and the New Year.

Below, we’ll take you through everything we know and have reported during McClane’s recruitment. From the moment we first discovered him to his announcement on Thursday night. Buckle up because it’s full of twists and turns.