Quarterback guru George Whitfield has trained some of the most talented quarterbacks in the country, so when he speaks about what he sees in a young signal caller, most people listen.
Whitfield was in attendance at the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles over the weekend, where Alabama commitment Tua Tagovailoa was putting his talents on display alongside some of the best quarterback recruits in the country.
In spite of the stiff competition, the Hawaii native reportedly caught Whitfield’s eye during the 7-on-7 portion of the workouts on Sunday.
According to 247Sports’ Hank South, Tagovailoa completed 12 of 13 pass attempts and threw for five touchdowns during the session.
“I was impressed, probably most impressed with him,” Whitfield told 247Sports’ Luke Stampini. “You know, you watch him on film and get an idea then you can’t wait to see how real is that.
“Here it’s not just like a camp where kids just came. This is like a shark tank. Through a very rigorous process, a thousand plus quarterbacks evaluated, two dozen drop in here and he outshines the two dozen. It just feels like Coach (Nick) Saban and the Tide got a steal, which is weird that they would steal something, but they got a steal with him.”
Tagovailoa, who committed to play at Alabama last month, is rated as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class and is the No. 58 overall player according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
It will be revealed at noon on Monday whether or not his performance in Los Angeles will be enough to earn him a spot in The Opening Finals next month in Oregon.
South reports that Tagovailoa traveled to Tuscaloosa on Sunday night to take part in the Crimson Tide’s camp this week.
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) June 5, 2016
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