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Four-star quarterback Matt Corral flips from Florida to Ole Miss

Ole Miss coach Matt Luke got an early Christmas present from one of the nation’s top high school quarterbacks Thursday night.

Long Beach Poly (California) standout Matt Corral committed to Ole Miss, flipping his verbal pledge from Florida. Corral, a consensus four-star prospect, is ranked as the nation’s No. 60 overall player and the No. 3 pro-style quarterback prospect in 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.

Corral’s change of heart came after a visit to Ole Miss over the weekend. He had been committed to Florida since July.

“A lot played into this,” Corral told 247Sports. “Coach Matt Luke is a family-oriented guy. I figured I wouldn’t miss a beat if I went there from California. It’s like home. The offense they run, it may not be what I’ve said in the past, but talking to people I trust and those I believe in, I know this won’t be a bad decision for me. That offense will help me show off my talents on the biggest stage. Plus and to top it all off, this is the SEC West.”

Corral is Ole Miss’ 12th commitment in the 2018 class and the highest-ranked prospect among the group.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Corral threw for 2,495 yards and 29 touchdowns with seven interceptions as a senior at Long Beach Poly. He’ll conclude his high school career by playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game in January before enrolling early at Ole Miss.

Corral will provide a boost to the Rebels’ depth at the position in the short term with Shea Patterson set to transfer. That leaves rising senior Jordan Ta’amu, Jason Pellerin and redshirt freshman Alex Faniel as the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

Corral may have given Ole Miss a long-term answer at quarterback in the process.