Five-star quarterback and longtime USC commit Matt Corral got a change of scenery this offseason, transferring from Oaks Christian to Long Beach Poly.
Last week Corral and his new Jackrabbit teammates headed to Serra High School for a controlled seven-on-seven session against Serra, Narbonne and Torrance North High Schools. It gave the Elite 11 quarterback a chance to work with his new gridiron comrades.
“It’s been good. We’ve been all competing at a high level—each and every one of us,” Corral said after the tournament. “Now the goal is to play as a team and gel together. I don’t know the feel of my receivers, like Jalen [Hall], and it’s going to take a thousand more reps with them in practice to get that back-shoulder throw or that fade-ball.
“Little things like that. All-in-all I think we’ve been coming along fairly quick, but we’ve still got a long way to go.”
One of Corral’s favorite targets at the tournament was the aforementioned former Hawkins High School phenom Jalen Hall. The five-star receiver transferred to Long Beach Poly as well and it wasn’t exactly a secret to Corral.
“I knew about it,” Corral said. “We talked because when I left Oaks Christian. He knew he was leaving Hawkins because he knew what was happening, so he hit me up and I guess we just wanted to go to the same school together.”
It doesn’t get much better than one five-star prospect throwing to another, so getting on the same page is the most important thing for the duo at this point.
“Yeah, that’s what we’re trying to work on, our chemistry,” he said. “Our chemistry on certain types of balls like balls I should throw on certain routes. It’s going to take that extra thousand
“Playing as a team, to be honest [is the biggest challenge]. That’s what’s going to take us to the state title, just playing as a team.”
Corral recently visited Georgia for its spring game and he may visit other colleges as well, but don’t expect Corral to sign anywhere other than USC. Even after his sudden transfer, Corral hasn’t wavered in his commitment.
“[The transfer] didn’t affect that at all,” Corral said. “I mean I’m still open to what other colleges have to say, but as for now I’m still committed to USC.”
This spring Corral got to know the USC Trojan coaches and players a little bit better on his visits to campus.
“I like being around my future teammates,” Corral said. “Some kids I just met, they’re treating me like family and that’s the type of stuff that I like. Like they’re just showing me,
“I think I fit in with [the quarterbacks]. I haven’t really hung out with them... Matt, I’ve hung out with Matt Fink. I like Matt a lot, he’s a really cool guy. I don’t really talk to Sam [Darnold]. I like Jack [Sears] a lot too; really humble guy. That’s pretty much it. I’ve been hanging out with [Michael] Pittman too. [Daniel] Imatorbhebhe, too. I like Daniel and the rest of the Imatorhbhebhe brothers.
“I’m always with Hunter Echols, Levi [Jones], Jalen, Joseph Lewis, and the older guys. Once I get my class rolling, then we’ll all be together. Then it’s going to be little sophomores that are committed, and that’s how that’s going to happen.”
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