Though expected, Monday night's announcement from Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa remains massive news in the college football recruiting world. Once considered a USC lock, the Scout100 talent picked the Alabama Crimson Tide after spending considerable time on campus with his family last month.
"I will be making my commitment to the University of Alabama," he said on KHON2. "I want to thank God, again, and I want to thank coach Saban for the scholarship offer."
Adding the offer less than two months before picking Nick Saban's program, the Tuscaloosa trip sealed the deal for the No. 5 signal-caller in the country.
The pledge comes two months to the day (on the east coast) after Alabama lost longtime QB commitment Jake Fromm to Kirby Smart and UGA. Tagovailoa represented the initial quarterback offer after the flip.
"Tagovailoa is a strong armed lefty with a cannon for an arm," Scout's Nationl Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins. "He’s a dual threat quarterback who can escape pressure and make big plays with his legs. He also shows the poise to make that first defender miss, roll out and throws very good on the run. He has a strong body and plays with plenty of toughness. He shows very nice tough on the deeper throws and projects as a high major QB at the next level."
BamaMag will have more on this developing story.