2017 QB Tagovailoa Talks Recruiting

Mar. 1 -- In a tournament loaded with some of the best quarterbacks in the country, the 2017 quarterback prospect from Hawaii, Tua Tagovailoa, stood out among the best...

There aren't too many sophomore quarterbacks that can light it up like Tua Tagovailoa. The 2017 Saint Louis (HI) prospect was one of the smoothest QBs in attendance this weekend in Las Vegas. He displayed the ability to make a variety of throws, using his arm strength when needed and also putting touch on the ball in certain situations. While Tagovailoa wasn't able to display his running ability, his athleticism was pretty evident. It was easy to see why so many schools are lining up for the 2017 QB.

"The whole process is humbling," Tagovailoa explained. "I really try to stay focused on my business. I need to stay focused in the classroom and on becoming the best quarterback I can be. The recruiting stuff is a lot to take in, so I usually let me parents take that on. From time to time, we will sit down as a family, and talk things over. There are some schools standing out, but I am definitely not in a rush. I am going to take my time."

Tagovailoa is often linked to Marcus Mariota, being a Saint Louis product, with some similarities on the gridiron, but he is not sure that he wants to follow in his footsteps.

"A few months back, I got a bit carried away and said some stuff," Tagovailoa shared. "I love Oregon and obviously, Marcus is one of my idols, but I wouldn't necessarily say they are my top school. I was raised to be a leader and not a follower. Marcus has been a great mentor to me, but I may want to go on my own path. That doesn't mean I won't be a Duck, but it wouldn't be for the reasons everyone is saying. I get it though, that stuff is out of my control, and I really doubt it will be going anywhere."

Oregon is one of the schools Tagovailoa is interested in at this point, he is wide open at this point.

"I just took my first unofficial visit to UNLV and actually picked up an offer from Coach Sanchez," Tagovailoa claimed. "That was a really cool experience. Coach Sanchez was great and I had a great time with my family. On Wednesday, I am going to check out UCLA. I like the Bruins a lot. Fred Ulu-Perry is one of my good friends and he has told me a lot about UCLA. I am looking forward to my trip out there. I'm also going to check out USC later that week. I like the Trojan staff a lot. Coach Sark is a guy that I feel really comfortable with. It should be a fun week ahead. Both UCLA and USC are two schools that I definitely like."

Despite a tremendous sophomore season, throwing 33 touchdowns compared to 3 interceptions, adding 8 rushing TDs, and totaling over 3,000 yards, Tagovailoa isn't content.

"It's great for me to get out here at a competition like this and just battle," Tagovailoa said. "There is a ton of competition here and I think it helps me see how I stack up and what I need to improve on. There is always room to get better, and that's always the goal. I can work on my mechanics, speed, arm strength, and study the game more. God has been great to me and I am so blessed to have these opportunities. I am going to continue to work at this and will make my decision, when the time is right. This is more than my decision, my family is a huge part of this, as well."

Tagovailoa looked really smooth throughout the weekend, leading Team Aiga throughout the weekend. He made a number of impressive throws deep down the field and was equally as impressive on intermediate and short throws. He should only continue to improve these next few years and will end up on of the top quarterbacks in 2017.


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