Florida no longer has a top-25 recruiting class following the de-commitment of its highest-ranked recruit, Matt Corral.
The 4-star quarterback from Long Beach, Calif., flipped to Ole Miss on Thursday after officially visiting the Rebels last weekend. Florida’s 2018 class — once ranked No. 7 in the country — is now 32nd nationally with the loss of Corral, according to the 247Sports composite.
The Gators have the potential to work their way back up with several top targets and uncommitted recruits remaining on their board. However, attracting and landing those prospects — particularly on offense — will be harder without Corral in the class.
He’s a big reason why the Gators were in the top 10 earlier this year. His commitment to Florida in late July set off a domino effect and influenced the decisions of 4-star running back Dameon Pierce, 4-star offensive tackle Richard Gouraige, and 4-star wide receivers Jacob Copeland, Ja’Marr Chase and Tyquan Thornton.
Corral became the leader of Florida’s class and encouraged commits to stick with UF during the coaching changes. The majority of them followed Corral’s lead, but the hiring of Dan Mullen didn’t work out in his favor.
Corral’s signing would have solidified other class members and helped the Gators with their remaining targets, including Copeland, 4-star wide receiver Anthony Schwartz and 5-star cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles.
Not only do the Gators have to replace Corral at quarterback, but they need to find a new leader for their 2018 class. It’s not easy to land an elite quarterback who recruits know and want to play with.
If UF can pull off a recruiting upset and flip Justin Fields (Georgia) or Emory Jones (Ohio State), they would fit the Corral criteria and could have a similar impact on Florida’s class. But at this time, the Gators appear to be on the outside looking in with both quarterbacks.