Does doubt surrounding Doug Nussmeier affect Florida’s top commits?

“Zach’s Mail Stack” is a weekly mailbag with SEC Country reporter Zach Abolverdi, who has covered Florida Gators recruiting since 2010. This week Abolverdi analyzes how a Gators win over Michigan would impact Florida on the trail and gives his thoughts on the recruiting implications of the 2017 depth chart. 

Abolverdi: This is certainly cause for concern, especially with quarterback commit Matt Corral. Florida offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier played a central role in his recruitment.

Nussmeier scouted, offered and personally pursued Corral in the spring and summer, quickly connecting with the Long Beach gunslinger. The way Nussmeier dealt with the Elite 11 finalist established a respectable bond between them.

Corral said Nussmeier didn’t negatively recruit against Southern Cal while he was committed to that school, nor did he promise the 5-star QB playing time. Corral said Nussmeier was and has always been “straight up” with him about Florida’s quarterback situation and what he could offer.

Corral views his future position coach as a father figure — something he will need coming from California to Florida for college ball.

“Coach Nussmeier has kids and he just let my parents know that he’ll be the one taking care of me because I’ll be so far from home,” Corral told SEC Country at The Opening, a couple weeks before his pledge to the Gators. “That made me feel a little bit more comfortable because going all the way across the country, that’s a big step.”

If Nussmeier didn’t work out at Florida, it would undoubtedly have an impact on Corral. However, that doesn’t mean necessarily mean he would de-commit or even look elsewhere.

Corral maintains he is “110 percent” committed to the Gators. He plans to sign in December and enroll early.

His relationship with Nussmeier is key and supreme, but Corral is also close to McElwain. He sees the Gators head coach in the same light as Nussmeier and recognizes that they run the same system. Corral will always be a fit for Florida’s offense as long as McElwain is in charge of it.

The Gators have been at their best under McElwain when Will Grier was the quarterback. Corral is Will Grier 2.0 and he knows it. The U.S. Army All-American also sees an opportunity at Florida, a bevy of current and incoming skill players ( read more) and a new O-line coach who could land several elite linemen ( read more).

Corral has a lot of reasons to attend Florida, but Nussmeier is big one. They will cross that bridge if and when it comes.

As for the other offensive commits, Nussmeier should not impact them one way or the other. If he stays, it’s because he turned the offense around. If he leaves, it’s because the offense didn’t improve and McElwain is finding someone to fix it. Regardless, their mindset is to come in and play early with Corral — as is his.

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