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Signing day is almost a month away for Matt Corral.
The 4-star quarterback from Long Beach, Calif., is scheduled to utilize this year’s early signing period and will put pen to paper on Dec. 20.
Corral joined Florida’s 2018 class on July 22 after attending Friday Night Lights. The top-50 overall recruit has remained committed during the coaching transition and wants to stick with the Gators.
However, Corral needs to meet the next coach and feel comfortable with the hire before he finalizes his decision. His father, Peter Corral, told SEC Country the last few weeks have been difficult.
“It’s stressful right now. I know it’s stressful for Matt,” Corral said. “The way Matt is handling what he’s going through right now, he’s a champ. I am very proud of him. I don’t know how he does it.
“I try not to bother him too much about recruiting because I know he hears it from everyone else. I just want him to be happy. I want him to go where he’s comfortable and where he really wants to be.”
Corral has decided to check out another SEC program while he waits on the coaching search to run its course at Florida. The U.S. Army All-American will officially visit Alabama this weekend.
The Crimson Tide offered Corral in the spring and were one of his three finalists prior to his Florida commitment.
“We’re just visiting. That’s all it is. It doesn’t mean anything,” Corral’s father said of the Alabama trip.
Corral last visited Florida for the LSU game and will be back in Gainesville on Nov. 25 for the regular season finale against Florida State.
“We will be there the weekend of the FSU game for a visit,” Corral’s father said.
The Gators may have a coach in place before that trip, but the search could go into the first week of December. Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly and UCF’s Scott Frost are considered the front-runners for the Florida job.
Corral’s father declined to comment when asked about the candidates.
“I don’t want to speak for my son. It’s his decision,” he said. “Matt’s dream is to play in the NFL. He just wants a coach that can get him to the next level. I’m sure it will work out for the best. This is all meant to be.
“God doesn’t make mistakes. I tell Matt all the time, ‘Son, what you’re going through right now is supposed to happen and it happens for a reason.’ It’s just going to make him a better person and a better player.”
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