On Monday, Matt Corral officially got the invite to Beaverton, Ore.
Last weekend, the Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic quarterback that is committed to USC showcased his rare arm talent, ability to read coverages, mobility in and out of the pocket and that he can pinpoint his targets. He put his combination of skills on display and it earned him an invitation to The Opening Finals at the end of the month.
Corral was named one of 12 quarterbacks from the 24 finalists at the Elite 11 camp in Redondo Beach (Calif.) that would be continuing to The Opening Finals. The Elite 11 finals weekend had tested the players both mentally and physically to see who would shine among the best of the best and Corral did.
“I think I did pretty good. I mean my pro day went pretty good,” Corral said. “Of course I want to be the best here. It’s just like everyone else wants to be the best here. Just us competing to be the best, it's fun. It's just friendly competition.”
He called the event an unbelievable weekend where he learned more about attacking the game mentally than physically while also picking up some tricks of the trade from some of the quarterback coaches and mentors on hand.
“It's been crazy. It's been a good experience. I’ve learned a lot,” Corral said. “It was good being around the best of the best in the country.”
Corral has been hard at work this offseason learning a new playbook at Long Beach Poly after transferring from Oaks Christian. He has been studying film to read secondaries and even breaking down defensive fronts with new Long Beach Poly assistant Chris Claiborne. Corral felt comfortable with his knowledge of a lot of the coverages and reads that were discussed in the Elite 11 chalkboard talks, but there was one talk that really stood out for him — when Dr. Michael Gervais, a High-Performance Psychology Specialist, discussed trying to master your mental approach.
“I was really intrigued with what he had to say about your mind and how it can change your life forever,” Corral said. “I learned more about myself mentally, just learning that you can really train your mind to positive thoughts that can get you past the difficult times through adversity that you will eventually face.”
Making the Elite 11 was one of Corral’s goals even before he threw a high school pass. He’s watched the event unfold each year through ESPN’s coverage and wanted to follow in the footsteps of signal callers that have gone from the top high school quarterbacks to NFL quarterbacks.
“Just to think that guys in the NFL that have been in the same exact position that I'm in, the same exact process as them. It's just crazy to me that I'm one step further, one step closer to my dream.”
Corral will follow in the footsteps of recent Elite 11 quarterbacks traveling to The Opening Finals where he will try to prove himself in a competitive environment just like last weekend.
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