Tua Tagovailoa on why he chose Alabama over USC: You'll have to ask my dad
He’s not in the NFL yet, but Tua Tagovailoa is busy in South Florida on the Super Bowl media circuit as one of the top draft prospects (which may lead to him playing in Miami).
Tagovailoa recently visited “The Dan Patrick Show” for a long discussion on a variety of topics. Patrick opted to start from his high school days and talk about Tagovailoa’s time on the recruiting trail. The class of 2017 signee discussed visiting USC, UCLA and Alabama. It also came up that former USC QB Matt Leinart was Tagovailoa’s idol. It led Patrick to ask why Tagovailoa picked Alabama over USC.
“Yeah that’s a great question,” Tagovailoa told Patrick. “I think that’s one for my dad, not for me. My dad is kind of the reason why…”
Patrick restated that Tagovailoa picked Alabama over USC despite idolizing Leinart.
“I don’t know how that worked out, but I’m fine with it now,” Tagovailoa said.
It’s no secret that the Tagovailoa family is close and Tua’s father is centrally involved in all big decisions. On the other hand, it’s surprising that Tagovailoa didn’t have an answer for “Why Alabama?” after three memorable seasons in Tuscaloosa. Considering the current state of the three programs, it’s safe to say dad made the right call on rolling with the Crimson Tide.
“The Dan Patrick Show” posted a video of Tagovailoa’s discussion with Patrick on YouTube. The exchange about Tagovailoa’s recruitment and choosing Alabama starts 45 seconds in with Patrick bringing up USC.