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Matt Corral receives high praise
The first episode of this year’s Elite 11 documentary premiered Tuesday on NFL Network, and Matt Corral got plenty of TV time.
The Florida QB commit from Long Beach, Calif., was featured throughout the show, most notably during the opening segment. Three of the camp’s coaches had high praise for Corral, comparing him to a pair of prominent passers.
Brian Stump, Elite 11 president: “Matthew Corral out of Long Beach Poly, he might have the strongest arm we’ve had in this camp since Matthew Stafford.”
Trent Dilfer, Elite 11 head coach: “You watch the tape and I thought Brett Farve-type playmaker. Incredible spacial awareness. His ability to have people close to him and kind of wiggle out of stuff. It’s splash reel after splash reel watching his tape.”
George Whitefield, QB guru: “Right now he throws the ball one tempo, and that is heat. The challenge is going to be to get him to throw different type of passes. Custom service. Not everybody ordered their plate with hot sauce.”
The Elite 11 is annual competition for the nation’s top high school quarterbacks. It began in 1999 and 80 percent of the quarterbacks in the NFL are members of the Elite 11 fraternity.
Florida quarterbacks Feleipe Franks, Luke Del Rio, Malik Zaire and Jake Allen all competed in the Elite 11, and Corral is the latest future Gator to continue that tradition with Dilfer & Co.
“It’s a blessing to get the knowledge from these coaches and for them to pass down everything that they have,” Corral said.
Day 1 notes
Tuesday’s episode featured the first day of action from this year’s Elite 11 camp.
At the end of practice, Dilfer gathered the quarterbacks into one group for the final drill. He gave them a simple go-route with specific intructructions.
“Firm with an arc. It’s gotta come out high and it’s gotta finish on the mask,” Dilfer told the quarterbacks. “This is one of your first tests.”
“You just have to execute it,” Corral said of the drill. “Be calm and smooth.”
After Corral’s laser throw, Dilfer shouted, “Really good! I see the fire.”
If you missed the first episode, you can watch the NFL Network replay Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. (ET) and Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
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