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USC Football Recruiting: Should Fans be Worried About Matt Corral’s Transfer?

Feb 22, 2017, 9:22 AM EST
USC quarterback Matt Fink during practice at Howard Jones Field. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
USC quarterback Matt Fink during practice at Howard Jones Field. (Alicia de Artola/Reign of Troy)
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The transfer of Matt Corral from Oaks Christian to Long Beach Poly could raise some red flags, but should fans worry over the five-star USC QB commit?

It seems that every recruiting cycle has its fair share of intrigue and for USC in 2018, count mega recruit, quarterback Matt Corral is this year’s man of mystery.

Corral, a five-star prospect according to 247Sports, recently left powerhouse Oaks Christian high school under murky circumstances.

Having given USC his verbal commitment way back in February of 2016, Matt Corral is the highest-rated prospect to have given his pledge to the Trojans so far in this class.

At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds and still growing, Corral has a cannon for an arm and possesses uncanny savvy as a young signal caller for the Lions in 2016 where he threw for over 3,000 yards and 22 touchdowns against only three interceptions.

Considering the likelihood of USC starting quarterback Sam Darnold departing for the NFL after this season, a player of Corral’s caliber would sooth the worries of the Trojan fan base going forward but should they be worried about Corral now that he has withdrawn from Oaks Christian?

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Typically, the answer would be a resounding yes but perhaps not in this case.

While there has been no illumination as to why Corral left the Lions, the quarterback did post a since-deleted tweet explaining that he was not expelled from Oaks Christian.

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Perhaps as important, Corral was able to enroll at Long Beach Poly, a move which will not affect his commitment to the Trojans.

Of course, it is always disconcerting to have a young player to run into the kind of problems that would force his withdrawal from school but sometimes youth can be served by learning from early mistakes.

If this is the case for Corral, USC will get a fine, young player who will compete with Matt Fink and class of 2017 stud Jack Sears for the starting gig as USC’s signal caller should Darnold continue his meteoric trajectory and leave for NFL riches after this season.

Now Trojan fans should keep their fingers crossed that the only news made by Corral going forward is that of a positive nature as he prepares for his college career.

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