Ole Miss QB signee Matt Corral explains why he flipped from Gators to Rebels
Matt Corral drew plenty of attention during his recruiting process, first when he committed to Southern Cal, then spent much of the season committed to Florida, until a late switch to sign with Ole Miss.
The 4-star quarterback prospect from Long Beach, Calif. stayed committed to the Gators through the firing of Jim McElwain, and even visited with some members of the new staff under Dan Mullen. Some wondered if Florida recruiting eventual Georgia signee Justin Fields didn’t sit well with Corral.
Participating in the leadup to the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Corral explained what happened in the last part of the recruiting cycle.
“It’s not the fact that they went to visit other quarterbacks, but it was the fact that I didn’t get hit up, or a call, three weeks into it,” Corral said, according to 247 Sports. “I know people will say, ‘Oh, they didn’t want you.’ That’s not true. I was going to sign the papers that day, the day they told me I was the guy. So, I got the feeling that I was the guy only because nobody else wanted to be and I was just the backup. It doesn’t really matter to me, but it was about where I genuinely wanted to be and where I was genuinely wanted.”
But Corral’s impression of Ole Miss coach Matt Luke as genuine flipped his decision to the Rebels after he initially seemed set to be Florida’s quarterback only recruit in this class. As Luke ramped up his recruitment of Corral, communication with the Florida staff went silent. All of it was a learning experience for Corral.
“You learn a lot, for sure,” he said. “I learned a lot over the past few months. The last few months were crucial,” said Corral. “What did I learn? You can’t trust. You’re going to have a ton of people pulling on you and tugging on you and in the end, you have to trust your gut.”