Alabama pulled off quite the coup in May by landing the commit of top dual-threat quarterback Tua Tagovailoa over USC. Rated as one of the nation’s best at the position, Tagovailoa received an invitation to the exclusive Elite 11 Finals – held last week in Los Angeles.
National recruiting analyst Greg Biggins of Scout was on hand for the Elite 11 camp and came away extremely impressed with the Alabama commit. Biggins was a guest on the latest FOX Sports The Audible podcast and revealed Tagovailoa was the quarterback who stood above the rest during the quarterback competition.
“This was the best I’ve ever seen him. He was on point,” Biggins said on the podcast. “He was unbelievable (in the ultra-competitive Elite 11 camp setting). He was the top guy there, it wasn’t even close. Not only was I impressed, I was blown away.”
That’s high praise for someone with over 20 years of college football recruiting experience. Of course Alabama recently gained a commit from another one of the Elite 11 participants, as quarterback Mac Jones flipped his commitment from Kentucky to the Crimson Tide. Now that Alabama has two major prospects committed to its 2017 recruiting class and considering Tagovailoa is already planning to take a visit to his runner-up school, Biggins discussed the possibility of a decommit.
“You never know, every year recruiting gets a little bit weird, a little more sketchy, but right now he’s saying he’s good (with Alabama),” Biggins said. “I think the reason people think he might not stick is he’s open to taking visits… He does want to take some trips and mentioned specifically USC – who we all thought was the leader until a week before he committed to Alabama.”
Although Biggins also mentioned Tagovailoa flew in to the Elite 11 camp from Tuscaloosa after visiting Alabama’s campus for a camp. The trip may have solidified the Tide at the top of Tagovailoa’s list for good.
“He said it reminds him of home,” Biggins said. “The small town culture, very spiritual, likes the coaching staff, as right now he’s saying he’s pretty locked in with Bama, he likes it a lot but the fact he’ll take trips makes me think the door there could be a door slightly ajar.”
If Alabama can hold off the Trojans, and it sounds like they will at this point, they appear poised to add arguably the nation’s best quarterback prospect to the roster next season.