With offers going out earlier and earlier these days, it seemed like it would be only a matter of time before sophomore quarterback Matt Corral landed offer No. 1. He picked up good news on Thursday when he landed an offer from USC.
"At first I couldn't believe it, it didn't seem real to me," Corral said. "USC was the first school I started watching when I was young, before I even knew that much about football. John David Booty was the quarterback then and I've had a ton of respect for USC football ever since.
"I heard they were looking at me and Coach Benkert told me a week ago that they could be offering. He told me that USC had called him about me and they were very interested. Then at practive yesterday, Coach Benkert pulled me aside and had me to talk to Coach Helton.
"Coach Helton said the team was coming together as a family and they were all united and committed to each other. Then he said he would love for me to be a part of that and told me he wanted to offer a scholarship. It was pretty exciting to get that first offer from such a great program, like I said, I could hardly believe it."
Corral said he actually thought his first offer might come from the Trojans cross town rival.
"I thought UCLA would be my first offer," Corral said. "They were recruiting me pretty hard and I've been talking to them more than anyone else. Hopefully that one will come in too but we'll see what happens. USC and UCLA are the main two schools I've talked with but I'm getting letters from a lot of schools including Oregon, Ohio State and Florida State to name a few.
"Right now, it's very early for me and I have no plans to make an early decision. I'm really going to take my time and talk with my family and my coaches about all this. I'm pretty new to recruiting so I'm still not totally sure how it all works so I'm going to lean on my family and coaches to help guide me through it. I would like to be an early graduate so I'll plan on taking some unofficial visits over the next couple of years and then make a decision sometime before my senior year gets here."
Corral is the third player from Oaks to land an offer from USC joining Trojan commit Michael Pittman and junior tight end Colby Parkinson. He's an early four-star prospect in the 2018 class and has a ton of upside. Physically, he shows the arm strength, mobility and touch you want to see but more importantly, especialy for a sophomore, Corral shows a ton of poise and plays with a calmness in the pocket rare for a young quarterback.