The recruiting process for the Alabama Crimson Tide trying to land quarterbacks in the 2017 class may have been completed Monday night when Hawaii’s Tua Tagovailoa committed to the SEC powerhouse.
Tagovailoa broke the news on KHON-TV, a local Hawaiian news station, stating, “I am making my commitment to the University of Alabama” donning an Alabama hat to help announce his decision. When asked about his thoughts on why he picked Alabama, Tagovailoa responded with, “Coach [Nick] Saban is a really good guy, a really humble man, soft spoken but the words hit.”
College coaches started to take notice of Tagovailoa after he passed for 2,583 yards with 33 touchdowns against just three picks during his sophomore season. In 2015, Tagovailoa helped guide St. Louis High School to a 9-2 record, passing for 2,932 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The dual threat rushed for 576 yards in 2014 and another 481 yards off 77 carries last season with 11 additional scores.
The majority of recruiting offers coming in for the 6-foot-1 210-pound talent were from Pac-12 programs like UCLA, USC, Oregon, Arizona State, and Washington but a few SEC schools took notice. Texas A&M and Ole Miss also offered Tagovailoa. The 4-star recruit visited the Tide on April 7 and followed that up with a trip to Oxford on April 9.
Alabama Crimson Tide 2017 Verbal Commit List (9)
SS Xavier McKinney, 6-1, 185, Roswell HS, Roswell, GA
LB VanDarius Cowan, 6-4, 217, Palm Beach Gardens HS, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
LB Gary Johnson, 6-1, 225, Dodge City Community College., Dodge City, KS
DE Aaron Sterling, 6-1, 270, Stephenson HS, Stone Mountain, GA
OL Alex Leatherwood, 6-5, 298, Washington HS, Pensacola, FL
RB Najee Harris, 6-2, 210, Antioch Senior, Antioch, CA
RB Brian Robinson, 6-1, 215, Hillcrest HS, Tuscaloosa, AL
QB Tua Tagovailoa, 6-1, 210, St. Louis HS, Honolulu, HI
ATH Chadarius Townsend, 6-0, 180, Tanner HS, Tanner, AL
— Written by Ryan Wright, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and an established media professional with more than two decades' worth of experience. Over the years, Wright has written for numerous sites and publications and he recently started his own recruiting site, www.recruitingnewsguru.com. Follow him on Twitter @HogManInLA.