GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s 5-star quarterback chase came to an end Saturday with the commitment of Matt Corral.
He highlighted an incredible recruiting week for the Gators, who landed seven total pledges and had their biggest Friday Night Lights in the event’s 13-year history.
Here’s a closer look at the new Florida commit.
5-star quarterback Matt Corral
Weight: 196 pounds
High school: Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
Rankings: No. 2 pro-style quarterback, No. 23 overall prospect (247Sports composite)
Details of his decision: Corral officially received an offer from Florida on July 10, but UF offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier has been recruiting him for several months. The Elite 11 finalist visited Georgia in April and backed off his pledge to Southern Cal two months later. He named the Bulldogs his leader and made plans to visit Alabama, Florida and UGA this summer. However, Corral ended his recruitment this weekend after being blown away at Friday Night Lights and committing to the Gators.
How he fits in: Corral is a better version of former UF quarterback Will Grier. They have similar skill sets, but Corral’s arm strength is superior. He won the long-ball challenge at The Opening with a 77-yard toss (see below). Corral is pro-style passer and throws an exceptional deep ball, but can make plays with his feet as well. The U.S. Army All-American also has an infectious personality and tons of confidence. Players gravitated towards Corral during FNL and Florida made the California gunslinger feel at home.
Chances of playing early: Assuming graduate transfer Malik Zaire leaves after the 2017 season, Corral will have five returning quarterbacks (barring attrition) to compete against as a true freshman, including sixth-year senior Luke Del Rio and redshirt sophomore Feleipe Franks. If neither of them start this year, there will be an open competition in 2018 for Corral & Co. That being said, his best opportunity to play will likely come in 2019 or 2020, depending the development of Franks and how the QB situation plays out with Zaire.