BEAVERTON, Ore. — A new quarterback target emerged for Florida last month when Matt Corral de-committed from Southern Cal.
At The Opening finals Sunday, the 5-star QB said the Gators came onto his radar after that decision, and he now considers them one of his top teams, along with Alabama, Georgia and Miami.
“It’s wide open,” Corral said of Florida’s quarterback position. “Of course Malik Zaire is there, but they still haven’t named a starter and that’s one thing that I’m interested in.”
UF offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is leading the charge in Corral’s recruitment. He also speaks with Gators coach Jim McElwain.
“I mainly talk to Coach Nussmeier,” Corral told SEC Country. “Coach Nussmeier knows his stuff, and Coach Mac. I feel like I can learn a lot from them. I just gotta get to know them to know them a little bit more.”
Corral plans to visit Florida in late July after visiting Alabama (July 21) and Georgia (July 25). He will be joined by his parents on those trips.
“Coach Nussmeier, I gotta get him connected with my parents and get them to interact just to get to know my family,” Corral said. “I just want to feel like I can be there and like I fit that place. If I can see myself in that whole environment and if I know that coach can take care of me as a father.
“That’s one thing he pointed out to me. Coach Nussmeier has kids and he just wants to let my parents know that he’ll be the one taking care of me because I’ll be so far from home. That made me feel a little bit more comfortable because going all the way across the country, that’s a big step.”
The 6-foot-2, 196-pound passer from Long Beach, Calif., plans to make a decision before his senior season. He admits Georgia has the edge right now because it’s the only program he has checked out besides USC.
“Once I get all those visits in, it will be interesting,” Corral said.
In addition to Corral, Alabama, Florida and Georgia are all recruiting 5-star QB Justin Fields. He has been the top target for the Gators since February, but Corral isn’t bothered by their pursuit of Fields.
“That doesn’t really matter to me,” Corral said. “I’m not worried about Justin and when he’s committing. I’m worried about myself.”