Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we discuss the latest with Montgomery quarterback James Foster and the Tagovailoas coming to Alabama.
In-state QB prospect gets the Alabama offer he’s dreamed about
James Foster has dreamed about playing for the Crimson Tide since he was a little kid. Now, he’s one step closer to doing so.
Foster, a 3-star quarterback from Lanier High School (Montgomery, Ala.), picked up an offer from Alabama over the weekend while on a visit to Tuscaloosa. Although he was offered a scholarship from Nick Saban himself, Foster confirmed that he’ll have to come to summer camp to have it become committable. The majority of quarterbacks who are offered by Alabama have to do this because the team puts the prospects through specific drills and tests their knowledge with different play calls and defensive schemes.
Nonetheless, having the opportunity to perform in front of Saban in a few months has Foster excited.
“I grew up a fan of Alabama,” Foster told SEC Country. “It’s my dream school and now I have that offer. Growing up, that was the only place I really wanted to go. I could really see myself going there.”
Alabama is not Foster’s leader, however, perhaps because the offer is not committable. Missouri still is on top for Foster. The Tigers have been recruiting him since the 10th grade and he nearly committed to Missouri while on a visit to Columbia in January. Georgia and Tennessee also are in the mix for Foster.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect had a chance to sit in the quarterback meeting with Brian Daboll, Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa this past weekend. The main takeaways Foster observed from that opportunity were Alabama looks like it will run more plays from under center this season and Hurts’ knowledge of the playbook is impressive.
“I think Jalen Hurts is going to be really nice this season,” Foster said. “He knows the offense up and down. He’s so prepared. He’s going to have another great season. He’s a leader. Coach would ask Tua and Mac something and if they didn’t know the answer, Jalen would know it. He knew everything. You can tell he’s the starter.”
Foster talked to Hurts and Jones on Saturday and both told him that if he chose Alabama, he should be prepared to come in and work hard. Foster noticed that Alabama has a thick playbook with lots of hand signals.
While Foster is listed as a dual-threat prospect, he does operate under center sometimes at Lanier High School. Saban actually told Foster that he liked that he was a “quarterback first” and not just an athlete who can throw the ball, too.
He would like to play in an offense like Alabama’s because he feels like it translates well to the NFL.
“I think it would get me more prepared for the next level,” Foster said.
Foster, who has been timed at 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash and can throw the ball 75 yards in the air, is planning to make a commitment this summer. If given the green light by Alabama after he attends the team’s camp this summer, it’s hard to see him turning down the opportunity to play for his dream school.
Tagovailoas officially coming to the mainland
Tua Tagovailoa decided to move more than 4,000 miles away from his family’s home in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, for college, but he won’t be that far away from them soon.
KHON2 News in Honolulu confirmed a February report that stated the Tagovailoas will move to Alabama in order to be closer to Tua during his freshman season. The Tagovailoas will move on April 3 to Alabaster and Tua’s younger brother, Taulia, a 2019 quarterback, will enroll at Thompson High School. The family will be approximately 50 miles from Tuscaloosa.
When SEC Country last spoke with the Tagovailoa family, moving to the state of Alabama from Hawaii was going to be a likely option if Kapolei (Hawaii) High School offensive coordinator June Jones decided to leave his position.
The Tagovailoas wanted Taulia, who holds an Alabama offer, to continue to be mentored by Jones, a former college and NFL coach. Jones decided to leave Kapolei after the season.
The move will help Alabama’s chances at landing Tua’s brother when he makes his college decision. He’s already told SEC Country he’d like to play for the Crimson Tide and wanted to commit to them when he received his offer.
“It would be a dream come true,” Taulia said in November. “I think I’d spend my brother’s last year at Alabama, if he was to go to the draft and we’d play on the same team. I could learn a lot from him. I think I’d have that advantage to step in and come after him.”
This also helps Tua feel more at home in Alabama. After spending a week in Honolulu with him and his family, it’s clear how important having family around him is. At the state championship game, more than 40 family members, the majority of them in “Tua Man” shirts, were in attendance.