Florida Gator fans have grown accustomed to disappointment with their lack of offense and specifically poor QB play over the past few seasons. But, they were hoping that was about to change with California stud high school quarterback Matt Corral on his way to Gainesville.
Problem? That’s now, not happening.
Corral delivered the bad news for Gators everywhere, himself, on social media late Thursday night Eastern time.
— M A T T Y (@corral_matt) December 15, 2017
Notice in the post that Corral now has an Ole Miss avatar, because he has switched to the SEC West school. This, after visiting the Oxford campus and newly promoted head coach Matt Luke last weekend.
As Corral, who threw for 2,945 yards and 27 touchdowns in his senior season at Cal-Poly High School in Long Beach, says in the item to 24/7 sports: “I figured I wouldn’t miss a beat if I went there from California. It’s like home. The offense they run, it may not be what I’ve said in the past, but talking to people I trust and those I believe in, I know this won’t be a bad decision for me.”
He continued, “that offense will help me show off my talents on the biggest stage. Plus, and to top it all off, this is the SEC West.”
That last part stings the most-a kid from California understands that the SEC East with Florida, Tennessee and Georgia, once being destinations for recruits is now considered the weaker half.
New Gators coach Dan Mullen was doing everything he could to try to keep Corral, who, as we wrote in July had committed to former coach Jim McElwain and staff. Mullen visited Corral on Monday in California, and the Gators were expecting him to take one more official visit to Gainesville this weekend in advance of the new early signing day, next Wednesday.
Obviously, that is now not happening.
And it sends the Gators first year coach and staff scrambling to find a stud prospect for the future. Florida obviously still has Feleipe Franks, who was the on-off starter in 2017 and will be a redshirt sophomore next season.
Meanwhile, Corral will play in the “U.S. Army All American Bowl” All-Star game next month in San Antonio, and then will be an early enrollee at Ole Miss.
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