Matt Corral is proud of his existence on both sides of the fence. You know, the one that separates rich from poor, privileged from not, fortunate from luckless. The Ole Miss quarterback played football at one of the most prestigious high schools in the country. In that setting, he once fought Wayne Gretzky's son.
He also finished up at a national power in an urban setting where he made a friend for life. That friend is currently awaiting trial for felony robbery and burglary.
So, yes, Corral's life has straddled that fence. Life has taught him to constantly swivel his head to assess his surroundings. Mostly, Corral has been ready for it. As the SEC's leading returner passer, the game is ready to embrace him. The last two leading returning SEC passers were picked fourth (Florida's Kyle Trask, 2021) and fifth (Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, 2020) overall in the NFL Draft.
A deeper story is revealed in how the junior from here in Southern California learned how to like himself.
The transformation caught him by surprise. Part of it came last summer during a team meeting following George Floyd's murder. Similar meetings had been convened among dozens of programs across the country.
This was different. This was a reckoning beyond social justice. Corral was called out by teammate Otis Reese, a defensive back and transfer from Georgia.