"They are both great schools and it's just a tough decision," Tagavailoa said. "I'm just going to have to choose one. That time for my decision will come and, for now, I'm trying to enjoy the process."
While he has a pair of Los Angeles schools at the top of his list, there has been no shortage of teams trying to fight their way into position to earn a look at the No. 4 quarterback and No. 30 overall player in the 2017 class.
Unfortunately, for all but six of those schools trailing USC and UCLA, Tagovailoa decided to go through one of the tougher phases of the recruiting process -- trimming down his prospective schools list. On Tuesday, he narrowed the field to eight, announcing the remaining schools on Twitter with a thank you "to everyone who's been apart [sic] of this journey:"
Along with the Trojans and Bruins, those still in the running for the 6-foot-1, 216-pound dual-threat left-hander are three SEC West schools, two Pac-12 programs and the local team. Tagovailoa plans to still consider Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Arizona, Washington and Hawai'i.