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With Matt Corral now committed to Ole Miss, where does Florida turn?

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Four-star quarterback Matt Corral decommitted from Florida and flipped his commitment to Ole Miss late Thursday, which adds numerous questions to the first UF recruiting class for Dan Mullen.

The biggest: What is Florida going to do at quarterback?

The early signing period begins Wednesday and National Signing Day is six weeks away, which means Florida is up against it as it looks to find a quarterback – or two – to replace Corral in this class. Corral was the only quarterback who was committed to Florida.

During this recruiting cycle, Florida had extended scholarship offers (mostly from Jim McElwain) to at least 10 high school quarterbacks, and all are committed to other programs.

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Mullen extended a scholarship offer to Terry Wilson, who is the No. 2 junior college quarterback, but Wilson committed to Kentucky on December 10. At this point, it looks as if Florida is going to have to do what Ole Miss did and flip a current committed quarterback. That puts Florida in a tough position because Mullen has been on the job in Gainesville for less than three weeks. The one thing Mullen does have going for him is track record of developing successful college quarterbacks. There’s also that after 13 years recruiting in the SEC – four as Florida’s offensive coordinator under Urban Meyer, then nine years as coach at Mississippi State – there isn’t much Mullen hasn’t seen on the recruiting trail.

Mullen visited with five-star dual-threat quarterback Justin Fields, a Georgia commitment, shortly after he was hired. Fields is a Georgia native who figures to be tough to pry away from the Bulldogs; Florida’s biggest selling point could be that Georgia is in the playoff with true freshman quarterback Jake Fromm and it seemingly would be tough for Fields to beat out Fromm whereas he presumably could start from Day One in Gainesville.

Wilson and Ohio State commitment Emory Jones, another Georgia native, could be other dual-threat quarterbacks Mullen and his staff try to poach.

As for Corral, he made his announcement on Twitter.

Corral (6 feet 2, 196 pounds), from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, is among the top-five pro-style quarterbacks in the country and a top-75 prospect overall. While both Florida and Ole Miss run versions of the spread, Corral evidently thought he fit better at Ole Miss, whose spread scheme is more heavily geared toward the pass. It seems likely Mullen and his staff want a true dual-threat quarterback, one who is a weapon as a runner.

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