DawgNation Invasion: Big games ahead for Elite 11 QBs Justin Fields and Matt Corral


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Editor’s note:  DawgNation plans another Invasion for the Oct. 28 game in Florida.  The big recruiting news over the past week from 5-star QB Justin Fields offers a glimpse of the future of the rivalry. 

Georgia has Fields committed for 2018. That said, the Gators have their own elite QB commitment in California 4-star Matt Corral. 

In preparation for that big-game weekend, DawgNation takes a look at how those elite prospects wound up with each program.

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Justin Fields is the nation’s top overall prospect for 2018. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

There was a time where it looked like Georgia had a chance to sign Matt Corral or Justin Fields.

Florida also had that in mind.

Those two SEC East rivals had both Elite 11 QBs on their minds. When those two guys met the media at the Nike Opening in Oregon this summer, there was a case being made for Fields to Florida and Corral to Georgia.

And vice versa. Corral wore a UGA wristband out in Oregon. Fields wore it shortly afterward.

Let’s hit the pause button on this for a second: Corral, who de-committed from USC, is a special talent.

That same description will also apply to Fields. The Penn State de-commit now rates as the nation’s No. 1 overall recruit for 2018.   He’s heading to Georgia. 

Both of those Elite 11 passers re-opened their recruiting in the summer prior to their senior seasons. That just does not happen. It will likely never happen again.

The big-boy programs like to square away their Golden Arms during their junior seasons. That allows those football factories to build their recruiting classes around those players. According to the 247Sports Composite, Corral currently ranks as the nation’s No. 3 pro-style passer and as the No. 32 overall prospect.

The public futures for both players were still up in the air when Corral abruptly committed to Florida on his first unofficial visit in mid-July. Fields was also there. He even worked out in Gainesville for their “Friday Night Lights” event.

Fields, even though he chose UGA, never worked out for Georgia in a public camp-style setting.

What happened in between all of that? Did Corral get some Intel from Fields? Fields was likely seen as the top option for both programs due to his overall rating, but the Gators quickly made a move to go all in for Corral at some point this summer.

The elite arm talents are now tethered to opposite sides of the rivalry. It seems highly likely that at least a couple Florida/Georgia showdowns in the near future will provide a showcase for both players.

 

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