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Tua Tagovailoa talks Trojans

Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is turning a lot of heads over in Hawaii. We checked out the powerful southpaw at practice and talked to him about his recent trip to the mainland.

Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis School 2017 four-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is one of the hottest signal caller prospects out West. USCFootball.com recently stopped by a Crusaders practice to check out the strong-armed lefty.

Two  weekends ago St. Louis rolled over Nevada powerhouse Liberty 43-16 and Tagovailoa went off for 390 yards passing with four touchdowns and a 50-yard rushing TD as well.

The Trojans have been recruiting Tagovailoa hard and he remains the top quarterback priority for the class of 2017.

Over the summer Tagovailoa was able to check out USC when he flew to Los Angeles and attended the Rising Stars Camp.  

“It was a great experience, to God be all the glory," Tagovailoa said. "If it wasn’t for my parents while I was growing up, making plans for me, I would never have gotten the opportunity to work with some of the best guys in the nation. It was a good experience just to see where I stand, or stood with everybody over there.”

Tagovailoa was also on the mainland for The Opening Los Angeles regional camp, putting in more work for his offseason development.

“It’s been a big development, especially because I went up there to the mainland and listened to what all the offensive coordinators had to say," he said. "I kind of used that towards what I do over here at practice; My technique, my footwork, and my posture staying up. Everything they’ve taught me, it’s made me that much better.”

Being a star quarterback in Hawaii, inevitably comparisons between Tagovailoa and fellow St. Louis graduate and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota come up.

“Oh yeah, being compared to Marcus, I mean somebody who had such a high status, it’s truly a blessing to me," Tagovailoa  said. "No words can express how good of a feeling it is to be compared to someone that high.

“I’m a southpaw so I throw with my left hand. I run as well, but Marcus  is taller, he’s bigger, and he’s faster too. So I’ve just got to work on everything.”

Mariota took his talents from Honolulu to Eugene, will Tagovailoa follow in his footsteps?

“As far as now, I haven’t been talking to Oregon, but Oregon is still up there," he said. "Just them revolutionizing their offense with Marcus Mariota; I wouldn’t mind seeing myself playing in the same kind of offense as Marcus.”

The Trojans are also high on his list, stemming back since his childhood.

“Ever since I was little that’s always been my dream school," he said. "That’s actually been my family’s dream school. Every time USC would play, we’d go for USC, especially when they played against Texas in the Rose Bowl in 2006.

"As far as my unofficial visit went there, I got everything I needed to know. What I want to major in, they’re number one in it, so that’s a big plus. I want to major in journalism, especially because it falls off into so many branches, you can go into law, commentating, sports anchoring, you can do so much after that.”

Tagovailoa says he doesn't plan on making a college decision anytime soon, planning on announcing during his senior season.

"I want to enjoy the process, and I’ll see how everything goes from there.”

We will continue to follow Tagovailoa's progress this season as he tries to bring St. Louis a coveted state championship.

Ryan Abraham has been the publisher of USCFootball.com since 1996. You can follow him on Twitter at @InsideTroy or email him at ryan@uscfootball.com.


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