We've talked at length here about Kirby Smart and his staff turning over every stone and beating every bush to find a quarterback for the class of 2018. With only two scholarship quarterbacks on campus after next season, the 'Dawgs have to find a 2018 signal caller. Now one name that had seemed out of the conversation for that spot may be squarely back in.
Long Beach (CA) Poly Prep quarterback Matt Corral committed to the home state USC Trojans way back in February 2016, but today decommitted from the men of Troy.
Georgia offered Corral and has stayed in touch despite his commitment to Southern Cal, even getting him to Athens for a visit in April. Obviously the Red and Black haven't exactly been a key player in Golden State recruiting over the years. And pulling a top prospect out of California may remain a long shot. Alabama, Florida, and Michigan are among the marquee programs the Bulldogs would have to beat out for the 6'2, 196 pound prospect.
But Corral is definitely worth the effort. 247Sports rates him both the #2 prospect in the talent-rich state of California and the #2 pro-style QB for 2018 behind only Cartersville standout Trevor Lawrence.
While Lawrence is the 2018 QB everyone has acclaimed as a can't miss prospect, Corral has a decent claim on the top spot as well. He's got a strong arm, is incredibly accurate, and hits receivers in stride. As good as he is in the pocket, Corral is also masterful at extending plays and creating on the run.
No team to my knowledge has signed three five star quarterbacks in three years during the "modern" era of recruiting (roughly 2000 to the present). If Georgia signed Corral the Bulldogs would own that distinction.
And it seems like a lot of people believe it could come to pass. A tide of 247 crystal ball predictions came in today after Corral's decommitment for the 'Dawgs, including 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong and longtime recruiting analyst Tom Loy (who thinks Corral goes to Georgia and Justin Fields heads to FSU, more on that later).
A commitment by Corral would certainly address one of Georgia's most pressing needs in this recruiting cycle. But more than that it would provide a solid dose of momentum headed into the summer for a UGA class that was slow to get started but is starting to show serious signs of life. Until later . . .