During an off season of wondering who would be the quarterback for 2017, the Gators got huge news on Saturday night about their quarterbacking future for 2018 and beyond.
Top California quarterback prospect, Matt Corral out of Long Beach, chose the Gators on Saturday and broke the story himself:
— M A T T Y I C E™ (@corral_matt) July 22, 2017
Corral had previously verbally committed to USC, but decommitted in mid-June from the Trojans opening back up his recruitment. 24/7 Sports had a conversation with him on Saturday about why he chose the Gators and their program.
The Gators cannot officially comment on Corral’s verbal commitment, but they can react on social media and coach Jim McElwain did that quickly after being notified.
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) July 22, 2017
Florida has been searching for a star QB since hiring McElwain two years ago, and Corral definitely will have a chance to be that guy. As we wrote earlier this off season, they got a break for 2017, when the SEC modified it’s graduate transfer rules and it allowed Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire to come to Gainesville.
Zaire will compete with last year’s part time starter Luke Del Rio, who is off shoulder surgery, and red shirt QB Felipe Franks.
As for Corral, he is a big armed passer and has already been invited to the coveted U.S. Army-All American Game for High School All Stars next year.