Future Gators: Matt Corral throws 98-yard TD; Ja’Marr Chase, Jacob Copeland impress

Matt Corral

Welcome to our first installment of our “Future Gators” series, which will look at the top performers each week from Florida’s commitment list.

Here are the standouts from Week 1:

Matt Corral, 4-star QB, Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)

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Matt Corral is the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback and No. 32 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings. (Student Sports)

Stat line: 20 of 30, 403 passing yards and 2 touchdowns in a 28-10 win over Los Alamitos (Los Alamitos, Calif.).
Next game: Sept. 1 against Narbonne High School (Harbor City, Calif.)
Quotable: “Matt was great. I think Long Beach got to see what everyone has been seeing around the country, he’s the real deal.” — Long Beach Poly coach Antonio Pierce, via Mike Guardabascio of the Orange County Register

Ja’Marr Chase, 4-star WR, Archbishop Rummel (Metairie, La.)

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Ja’Marr Chase is the nation’s No. 12 and No. 64 overall rpsopect in the 247Sports Composite rankings. (Sam Speigelman/SEC Country)

Stat line: 4 receptions for 162 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 23-7 win over St. Paul’s (Covington, La.).
Next game: Sept. 1 vs. Gulfport High School (Gulfport, Ms.)
Quotable: “All eyes were on Chase heading into this matchup, and the 6-foot-2 Florida commitment delivered with three touchdowns of 79, 60 and 14 yards. Chase showed off top-end speed on the first score, outracing the St. Paul’s defense on a screen pass down the right sideline. His second touchdown came on a go route when he was left single-covered, and the third came on a bubble screen for the final score. Chase finished with four catches for 162 yards.” — Josh Preston of NOLA.com

Jacob Copeland, 4-star WR, Escambia (Pensacola, Fla.)

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Jacob Copeland is the nation’s No. 7 wide receiver and No. 44 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings. (Chris Kirschner/SEC Country)

Stat line: 2 receptions for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 42-20 loss at West Florida (Pensacola, Fla.)
Next game: Sept. 2 at Archbishop Shaw High (Marrero, La.)
Quotable: “Though it wasn’t close to enough, Escambia wide receiver Jacob Copeland highlighted his team’s performance with two stellar touchdowns. The first breathed life into the Gators, as he took a short pass 60 yards to the end zone to cut West Florida’s lead to 21-7. Early in the fourth quarter, he took an end-around to the right side for a 55-yard score. The Gators clearly have work to do but the University of Florida commits provided optimism in the crushing loss.” — Brian Achatz of the Pensacola News Journal

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