BEAVERTON, Ore. — Matt Corral wears a story on each of his arms at The Opening.
The 5-star QB and nation’s No. 3 overall passer (per the 247Sports composite) is now a Georgia target after de-committing from Southern Cal on June 17.
Things have progressed with the Bulldogs very well for Corral. But a crystal ball is not necessary to determine that.
Just check his left wrist. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound prospect has a black Georgia wristband with “Georgia” inscribed on it in red letters.
He hasn’t taken it off in months. That appears to be the only wristband that signifies a college team that he is wearing.
“I think I took it from Jacob [Eason] and I took it from his dresser,” Corral said.
Eason hung out with and hosted Corral on his unofficial visit to Georgia in April.
It seems like the current Georgia starter wouldn’t mind seeing Corral join him in Athens.
“I had a gray one but I didn’t want the gray one,” Corral said. “So I just took it and I like Georgia.”
What’s he really thinking about his school? What’s going through his mind?
“I want to go somewhere that I can get a good education first off,” Corral said.
He wants his college years to provide him a great network of contacts and career support for when he’s done playing football. He said Southern Cal offered a great deal in those areas. Corral felt the door is not closed there either.
“I still might end up there,” he said.
Corral plans to visit Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Miami starting on July 13. However, the order of visits is not known.
The tattoo on Matt Corral’s other arm
His right arm tells a different story. It’s one that is not about where he may be headed to school, but where he is going as a young man. It is a tattoo that takes up most of his forearm.
The words stained into his flesh are scripture. Isaiah 40:30-31.
“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Corral then described a tough period he went through. He didn’t give a full account but he shared a summation that moved him. He spoke generally about where he’s been and the direction his life is headed.
“Like that one period of time when I transferred,” Corral said. “That whole month of January was like. … It was just a bad time for me. I was just … I wasn’t me.”
The 5-star prospect transferred from Oaks Christian School to Long Beach Poly. Theories are out there as to why. TMZ even chose to cover it.
He said he now draws strength from those times and the tattoo that reminds him of it. He refers back to it and reads it.
“It is funny that you mention that,” Corral said. “Just last night when we were reading our letters from our parents. Because that came up. Like my mom [in his letter] started talking about that moment when I was going through that. She went into detail. I wasn’t the only one in the room crying but everybody was crying. I mean it wasn’t bad. But everybody was just crying.”
There’s a human side to that story.
“It just hits you in another way and that was one of the reasons why I got it,” Corral said. “It is still not finished yet. I have got to finish it.”
Stephon Wynn Jr. set to announce commitment
Stephon Wynn, a 4-star prospect from South Carolina who plays at IMG Academy, (Bradenton, Fla.) will announce his commitment on Saturday afternoon. My SEC Country colleague Hale McGranahan will cover that ceremony live. The Facebook Live stream of that decision will take place here.
Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are the finalists.
Wynn was a priority for the Bulldogs on the defensive line, but it looks like the Bulldogs have lost a lot of momentum here.
As far as our Saturday coverage from The Opening, we won’t get access to the players until 9:30 p.m. ET. So look for the flurry of our coverage to come after that.