Good news to go with your coffee, Alabama has got its man and the quarterback of the future in the commitment of Honolulu (St. Louis) prep star, Tua Tagovailoa (pronounced Too-Ah Tag-Oh-Vie-Loe-Ah.)
"I feel like I'm home over there," Tagovailoa told KHON2. "Everybody on Sunday goes to church and that's something big in my life as far as spirituality. I couldn't ask for anything better." The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Tagovailoa is the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 61 overall recruit. He recently visited Tuscaloosa on an SEC stop that also included Auburn and Ole Miss. Other finalists included USC, UCLA, Texas A&M and Hawaii. "Coach Nick Saban is a really good guy and a really humble man," Tagovailoa told KHON2. "Soft-spoken, but the words hit."
This kid is an incredible athlete, and, interestingly, a southpaw -- which you just don't see very often with elite QB talent. And, is he ever an elite talent:
Al.com's Drew Champlin almost immediately had a very informative short interview to followup with the recently-committed Tagovailoa:
Alabama signs a highly-rated quarterback every year, but it seems like you are not scared of any competition? Competition's always good, but the biggest thing I like about coach Saban is that he gives everybody the opportunity to play. You start fresh throughout the new season and although you're a starter this season, you've still got to compete for your job next season. I like that coach Saban gives you that opportunity and I'm looking forward to it.
Besides his nice touch, quick release, and ability to extend the play, Tua has exceptional feet. If the offense in these highlights look familiar, it's because it's very much the same one Alabama ran with Blake Sims: there is a whole lot of old run-and-shoot concepts in here, as well as a few read-option looks. But, Tua is not a spread-option QB: He is a true dual threat guy and straight baller from a passing-friendly background. As Josh notes below, he does keep his eyes downfield, even when the pocket breaks down -- he's looking to make the play with his arm. Still, you can't help but be impressed by his running ability on the occasions when he does take off.
Welcome to the Capstone, and Roll Tide Tua!