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Ole Miss recruiting: Can the Rebs complete the flip of Matt Corral?

The four-star quarterback visited and will decide in a week. But, Dan Mullen stands in the way.

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Despite most of the students being gone for Christmas break, it was a busy weekend in Oxford nonetheless. Current Florida commit and four-star U.S. Army All-American quarterback Matt Corral made the 2,000 mile trek East to the Velvet Ditch for his official visit with his mother and his father. The Elite 11 finalist has been committed to the Gators since July, but with former coach Jim McElwain getting the boot and new coach Dan Mullen taking over things in Gainesville, the 6’2, 196-pounder is possibly rethinking his college choice.

Taking an official visit is one thing, but when it is clear across the country and to a school that hasn’t really been in the picture during your recruitment, that’s another thing. Ole Miss offered Corral a long time ago, but they have never really been mentioned a lot with his recruitment. Until now.

After an in-home visit from offensive coordinator Phil Longo, Matt decided that he would take his official visit to Mississippi to see what all the fuss is about. Despite Shea Patterson’s departure, the statistic and highlight reels speak for themselves at Ole Miss. One would have to think that Corral sees Jordan Ta’amu throwing to A.J. Brown and DaMarkus Lodge and D.K. Metcalf and putting up crazy numbers and then one would think that he can certainly see himself doing the exact same thing with future nWo members. Like Demarcus Gregory.

Now, after an entire weekend with a potential future teammate and the Ole Miss coaching staff, he has a week to make a choice. And one last official visit.

To Gainesville, Fla.

Remember, since Florida made the Mullen hire, Corral has yet to get down to Florida and meet the entire staff. On Monday, Mullen and his new offensive coordinator and former pupil at Utah, Brian Johnson, traveled 2,400 miles to Long Beach to go in-home with Corral to try and play catch up after he had a nice visit at Ole Miss.

So where do we stand now? Mullen used his in-home visit and he will get to entertain Corral this weekend in The Swamp. Matt Luke will almost certainly use his in-home visit sometime this week to make one last-ditch effort to sell the No. 3 pro-style quarterback on playing in Longo’s Air Raid offense in the SEC West. But, Mullen and his staff will get the last say to try and convince him to affirm his commitment and stay in the SEC East.

As of now, several 247Sports recruiting analysts and writers are flipping their pick on Corral and the Crystal Ball is beginning to sway Ole Miss’ way. But, it’s only Tuesday and he still has a potential visit to the Sunshine State to be swayed otherwise.

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Until then, we can only wait and see what happens between now and December 20th when the early enrollee signs with the school of his choosing.

Another QB target was on campus, too.

Clayton Tune, a three-star quarterback from Carrollton, Tex., was in town with Corral as well over the weekend and he seemed to enjoy his time, too. The former Kansas commit shouldn’t be scared at all by the all-everything Corral being in town as Ole Miss has made it very clear that they are going to sign two quarterbacks in 2018 if they can, per Rebel Grove’s Russell Johnson.

Tune decommitted from the Jayhawks in October and has since garnered interest from the Rebels and the Houston Cougars. Baylor, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas are also showing some interest as well. As of now, he doesn’t have anymore official visits scheduled and he will sign early as well.

As a senior at Hebron High School, the 6’3, 200-pounder tossed the rock for 2,409 yards and 23 touchdowns and also scooted for 362 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. He led the Hawks to an 8-3 record and a playoff appearance in Texas’ largest classification.