Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with a 5-star quarterback and provide links to this weekend’s coverage of The Opening.
Brian Daboll’s presence at Alabama a major factor for 5-star QB
BEAVERTON, Ore. — If Nick Saban didn’t hire Brian Daboll from the New England Patriots, Alabama wouldn’t have any chance to sign 5-star quarterback Matt Corral.
Corral, the nation’s No. 2 pro-style quarterback from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High School, said the Crimson Tide are one of three schools (Florida and Georgia the other two) in the mix for him because of Daboll’s presence.
“Coach Daboll is one of the biggest reasons (I’m interested in Alabama),” Corral told SEC Country at The Opening Finals. “He just texted me today and told me good luck and spin it. Him having NFL experience, for sure, gives them an advantage.”
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound prospect will visit Tuscaloosa for the first time on July 21 for Alabama’s invite-only cookout event, where the majority of the Tide’s top targets will be on campus. He’ll then visit Georgia on July 25 and Florida at an unknown date after his trip to Athens. It’s possible he stays multiple days in Tuscaloosa when he visits later this month.
The U.S. Army All-American said Georgia holds an edge for him at the moment because it is the only school other than Southern California to have him on campus. He’s looking forward to visiting Alabama, though.
“Alabama is always hyping it up like talking about come there to win a championship and see what Alabama is all about,” Corral said.
Alabama is in an interesting spot for quarterback recruiting this year because the team is loaded with young depth. Jalen Hurts is a sophomore and Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones are freshmen. It’s not an appealing situation for an elite Class of 2018 quarterback to commit there because early playing time doesn’t look obtainable; however, Corral sees the depth as a positive.
“I feel like they would be passing down knowledge to me,” Corral said. “I know Tua (Tagovailoa). He’s a great kid on and off the field. Now that he’s getting coached under Coach Daboll and Saban, he has a lot of stuff to pass on to me. I feel like that would make me a better person on and off the field.”
Corral said he’s 80 percent sure he’ll make a commitment before his senior season begins. He also said he will not be making any commitment to his school of choice while on campus. He wants to visit every school, evaluate his options and then go from there.
Expect Alabama to turn up the heat on Corral when he visits campus.
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