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Dan Mullen visits QB Matt Corral
The highly anticipated meeting between Matt Corral and Dan Mullen took place on Monday.
The new Florida coach conducted an in-home visit with the Gators quarterback commit, who will officially visit UF this weekend. New quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson joined Mullen on the trip as well.
Thank you Coach Mullen and Coach Johnson for coming to visit.
I will see you this weekend in the Swamp. 🐊 pic.twitter.com/imPHGFcXq6
— M A T T Y (@corral_matt) December 11, 2017
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Corral is ranked the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback and No. 60 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite. Mullen has been in contact with him and his parents since his first week on the job, but many Florida fans wanted to know why he waited until Monday to go see his top-rated commitment.
Well, the move makes sense for several reasons.
First and foremost, Mullen is only allotted one in-home visit per recruit and has to be strategic with it. Rather than seeing all of his commits right away, many of whom have been solid, Mullen decided to spend his first two weeks on the road trying to expand Florida’s recruiting board and spark interest in new potential targets.
And yes, some of those recruiting trips were to evaluate other quarterbacks. But Mullen and UF assistant Billy Gonzales, who visited Corral at Long Beach Poly High School, continued to tell Corral he was their guy and they could build the offense around his skill set.
You don’t fly cross country and make those kind of comments to a recruit if he’s not a priority or you’re slow-playing him. I think Mullen waited until Monday because he wanted to have Corral’s position coach in place and also get one of his last in-home visits before he signs early.
The timing worked out perfectly for Mullen. By saving his trip for Monday, he was able to see Corral right after he came back from Ole Miss and got him thinking about the Gators before he returns for his official visit.
Corral and Mullen have both shopped around this month, but right now the two parties appear to be the best option for each other. If all goes well in Gainesville this weekend, that will likely seal the deal.
News & notes
- Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was in Daytona Beach on Monday for an-home visit with former Florida State commit John Huggins, who reopened his recruitment on Dec. 1. Huggins received an offer from the Gators four days later and plans to officially visit UF this weekend. Louisville and Nebraska are the other contenders for Huggins.
— John Huggins (@jhuggins_23) December 12, 2017
- Malik Langham, a 3-star defensive end from Huntsville, Ala., met with Gonzales on Monday. He also landed an offer this month and Florida is trying to get him on campus for an official visit in January. He took a trip to Notre Dame last weekend and also Alabama and Ole Miss in the mix.
— Malik Langham (@malik_langham) December 12, 2017
- Mullen extended an offer Monday to Jalon Jones, who is ranked the nation’s No. 13 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2019. Jones committed to Mullen at Mississippi State, but backed off his pledge after he left for Florida. Alabama has also offered Jones, who attends St. Francis Academy in Baltimore, Md.
— Jay🔱 (@j4ymyles) December 12, 2017
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