Matt Corral the prized prospect at quarterback announced over the weekend that he plans to play college football for the University of Florida. Corral had committed earlier to USC then pulled that commitment to the Trojans.
Corral said that his decision was helped by the felling of family when it comes to the football program. Some kids are not able to return to their homes, but coaches invite them to their homes and that means a great deal knowing there is that family feeling even while far from home, said Corral.
Corral has been labeled a 5-star prospect and is the No. 20 recruit overall in the 2018 class, according to the player rankings scout.com.
The signal caller is also listed as the No. 3 quarterback and the No. 1 quarterback from California amongst that group.
The standout from Long Beach Polytechnic High has shown an advance skill set for being just a prep player evidenced by his improving accuracy. The most impressive facet of his game is the cannon arm he possesses.
The Long Beach standout originally picked the Trojans prior to allowing himself to take the time for serious consideration of other football programs.
In June, the prep quarterback said that while in Georgia visiting that program it showed him the existence of serious alternatives and that led to him deciding to back away from his USC commitment.
Corral said that USC was the only school he visited prior to making his commitment there and when he was in Georgia he realized so many other possibilities were out there.
He added that Florida will be the SEC and that is far different than the Pac-12, both on and off the field. During a spring game for the football program over 67,000 people showed up to watch in Georgia and that is the same at every SEC school, added Corral.
The interest was mutual as several programs in the SEC started to push hard to land the quarterback after his decision to reconsider his USC commitment, which set off a recruiting battle.
Landing the talented Corral makes a huge statement for Jim McElwain the Florida head coach and the program. While the most important of all factors is winning the game on the field, the success on the recruiting trails has become vital to maintain long-term success on the gridiron.
Corral will have a big advantage over other signal caller freshmen as he will arrive amongst the most college ready in his class, as he can read defenses and throw into tight spaces already and will compete right away for the starting job next year.