With Dan Mullen in the fold, the future appears bright for the Florida Gators but the new head coach’s first task will be overhauling an offense that has left plenty to be desired in the recent past. Until Thursday evening, part of that plan included highly touted 2018 quarterback prospect Matt Corral but the four-star signal-caller from Long Beach Poly (Calif.) announced that he will be flipping his commitment and joining the recruiting class of the Ole Miss Rebels.
In conjunction with that pledge, Corral said the following to Tom Loy of 247Sports about the decision.
“A lot played into this. Coach Matt Luke is a family-oriented guy. 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. 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.”
Corral will be signing early on Dec. 20 and, while this is not the first time he has changed course (Corral was once committed to USC), it is a brutal and stunning blow for the Gators. At this point, he ranks at No. 60 overall in the 247Sports composite rankings and that placement is good enough to land Corral as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback prospect in the country.
In some ways, flipping to Ole Miss makes sense in that the Rebels no longer have Shea Patterson (now at Michigan) in the fold but Matt Luke’s gain is Dan Mullen’s loss and it will be interesting to see how Florida responds.