The recruiting world (at least LSU's) was dealt a bit of a bombshell when the Tigers offered 4-star Alabama quarterback commit Tua Tagovailoa out of Hawaii on Tuesday night. The move was met with plenty of eye brow raising and reactions.
Let's dive into what it means for the Tigers and their new-look offense under head coach Ed Orgeron.
1. Tagovailoa is exactly what type of quarterback Orgeron was talking about.
With this offer, the Tigers have entered the race to sign not one, but two dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2017 class with Tagovailoa potentially joining Lowell Narcisse in Baton Rouge. Both quarterbacks are early enrollees so time is of the essence for LSU and that's why the offer went out so quickly following the announcement that Orgeron was hired as LSU's next head coach.
Orgeron said at his Saturday press conference that dual-threat quarterbacks are the future and LSU is going to be a part of that future.
"I do believe nowadays you have to run the spread offense. You have to have dual-threat quarterbacks that can run the ball and throw it. But you have to have somebody who knows how to run it," Orgeron said after saying LSU's new head coach wants to hire the best offensive coordinator in the country.
When Orgeron said this, he clearly meant it. I may have alluded that this could be a possible offer in my recruiting class predictions story, but I didn't have anything more than a hunch. The Hawaii product's offer now confirms that Orgeron was serious.
With LSU pointing its guns at Tagovailoa, that leaves lots of questions about where LSU's other quarterback commits stand, but mainly, Myles Brennan. We'll get into that later, but with Tagovailoa being an early enrollee, LSU has to build a relationship quickly. Tagovailoa has been committed to the Crimson Tide, but with Jalen Hurts' emergence at Alabama this season, early playing time has to be a selling point to Scout's No. 4 overall quarterback potentially at LSU.
If Lane Kiffin does in fact come to LSU, that will only intensify talks of Tagovailoa coming to join him. Tagovailoa mentioned that Oregon offering late was something that hurt them in his recruitment. Could LSU see that be a roadblock too?
SCOUT'S EVALUATION OF TAGOVAILOA:
"Tagovailoa is a strong armed lefty with a cannon for an arm. 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." -Greg Biggins
2. What does this mean for Myles Brennan?
One of LSU's most-solid commitments, Myles Brennan, has been excited for the Orgeron era at LSU to begin now that it has become official. During the season, Orgeron said that pro-style quarterbacks were something he enjoyed having at USC, but at his Saturday press conference, shifted that towards dual-threat quarterbacks.
Brennan is of the pro-style variety and on Tuesday night, he tweeted, "Wow...things getting interesting," before deleting the tweet later. That's not a good sign for LSU as the offer out to Tagovailoa has to bug him a bit to say the least. Orgeron and the staff have told Brennan that they're committed to him, but will Brennan see a future for himself in LSU's offense now that such an emphasis has been placed on dual-threat quarterbacks?
Another scenario is LSU wavering on how good it feels about dual-threat quarterback commit Lowell Narcisse and wanting to bring in Tagovailoa instead. Narcisse recently visited Memphis on an official visit and said he'll be watching to see who Orgeron hires as offensive coordinator.
With Kiffin's development of dual-threat Jalen Hurts this season, Narcisse would likely welcome Kiffin with open arms, as would Brennan if not for the offer and potentially, Orgeron's comments on dual-threat quarterbacks.
There's a lot to play out for LSU on the quarterback front, but there's uncertainty in a way when there was none just a week ago with LSU's two quarterback commits.
3. Lane Kiffin to LSU rumors intensifying now
It's been long-rumored that LSU's preferred target at offensive coordinator is Lane Kiffin. Now, those rumors might in fact be reality even more so with the latest offer to Tagovailoa.
Would LSU offer if Kiffin wasn't already planning to head to Baton Rouge? Sources have told Tiger Blitz that he'll certainly be the choice and that a change of scenery is in the cards for Kiffin, whose contract is up at Alabama after this season.
Orgeron and Kiffin are best friends and reuniting in Baton Rouge would be the latest twist in the LSU-Alabama rivalry. Just how soon could Kiffin be Baton Rouge bound?
With Steve Sarkisian on the Alabama staff already, many believe the former USC coach has been told that he'll get the reins of the Alabama offense if Kiffin departs, something that seems more likely now.
If this offer is any indication, LSU plans on having Kiffin roaming the sidelines in Tiger Stadium in purple and gold, rather than crimson and white.
Stay tuned for more on Kiffin...