Florida loses top 2018 commit as four-star QB Matt Corral flips to Ole Miss

By Adam Silverstein
December 14, 2017
Florida loses top 2018 commit as four-star QB Matt Corral flips to Ole Miss

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The eroding of the Florida Gators‘ 2018 recruiting class continued Thursday night as four-star quarterback Matt Corral (Long Beach, CA) flipped from Florida to Ole Miss.

The No. 60 overall player in the Class of 2018, Corral committed to the Gators on July 22 but flipped to the Rebels just six days after visiting Ole Miss for the first time on Dec. 8. Ole Miss paid him an in-home visit on Thursday that sealed the deal.

Corral has not specifically said why he left Florida’s class, but it has been relatively clear from the start that new head coach Dan Mullen did not make him a priority upon taking the job. He was expected to take an official visit to UF this weekend, though it would appear that is off the table at this point.

Florida has now lost three of its top-rated commitments since the departure of Jim McElwain as Corral has joined four-star wide receivers Jacob Copeland (Pensacola, FL) and JaMarr Chase (Metairie, LA) as players who have rescinded their pledges. Copeland and Chase rank No. 53 and No. 74, respectively, in the 247Sports Composite.

The Gators’ class is now ranked 19th nationally and seventh in the SEC with just 12 verbal commitments headed into the first-ever early signing period, which begins on Dec. 20. Florida at one point had one of the nation’s top eight classes, a group filled with tremendous offensive firepower.

Due to a combination of players leaving the program due to Mullen pulling offers and others departing both before and after his hire, the Gators have a ton of work to do before the end of the month and heading into National Signing Day in February.

With Corral decommitting, Florida has redshirt sophomore Feleipe Franks, redshirt sophomore Kyle Trask, redshirt freshman Jake Allen and potentially redshirt senior Malik Zaire returning as quarterbacks next season.


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