Jim McElwain talks to the media before the SEC Championship game against Alabama in 2016- Florida Gators football- 1280x853
Jim McElwain talks to the media before the SEC Championship game against Alabama in 2016 / Gator Country photo by David Bowie

The Florida Gators recruiting class is solid but the one thing lacking so far is a quarterback commit for 2018.

For most of the spring the focus has been squarely on quarterback Justin Fields but there’s a new name floating around now.

Quarterback Matt Corral (6-2, 196, Long Beach, CA. Long Beach Poly) decommitted from USC in June and now says he talks to Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier a lot.

“I talk to Florida every day,” Corral said of his talks with Florida. “I talk to Coach Nussmeier either on the phone or texting every day. He talks to me about my day and just about Florida and the offense.

Corral talks to Florida and Nussmeier a lot but the Gators coordinator wants to get the quarterback’s family on the phone soon and that’s something Corral likes.

“Coach Nussmeier has kids so he wants my parents to know that he will be the one taking care of me,” Corral said. “That made me feel a little more comfortable so we’re going to set up time to get my family on the phone with him.”

Despite not making it public, Corral says that he has already picked up an offer from Florida but he was asked to keep it to himself.

“I forgot, there was a reason why,” he said on Florida wanting to keep the offer quiet. “I’m not big on like the attention of the whole thing, so I don’t really care for that, so it didn’t really bother me when he said not to say anything.”

Corral hasn’t visit Florida yet but he says that he has a time frame in mind for when he wants to take that visit to Gainesville.

“It’s gonna be between July 13 and August 4. Between that period, I’m gonna knock all those visits out when I’m on the East Coast,” Corral said of visits. “Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Miami.”

Heading into this round of visits, Corral admits that one school has the edge because he has already seen that school once.

“Georgia obviously because that’s the only school that I’ve visited besides SC,” he said on if anyone has an edge heading into the visits. “Once I get all of those visits in, things will get interesting.”

While Corral may be tempted to make a decision while on one of these visits, the quarterback says he will take them all before making a decision but a summer decision is very likely.

“80 percent,” Corral said on the chances he commits before the season. “I’ve got to look at all of my options first.”

While out in Oregon, Corral won the quarterback long toss competition by throwing it 77 yards, which was four yards longer than the next closest quarterback, Clemson commit Trevor Lawrence.

Florida’s chase for a quarterback will something to watch closely this month as the Gators are trying to get both Corral and Fields on campus for Friday Night Lights on July 21st.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.