There was never a question where Tua Tagovailoa was going to college, and he made it clear, once again, on Thursday night that he will be attending the University of Alabama.
Tagovailoa, a 4-star quarterback from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and Saint Louis High School, announced on Twitter that he has received word from the NCAA Clearinghouse that he has all of the necessary credits to attend Alabama this January.
In addition to receiving clearance, Tagovailoa told SEC Country that he has signed his financial aid agreement. Those documents are non-binding. They protect the recruit by ensuring the school holds a scholarship for him, but the prospect is still free to choose any school. The benefit for the program is that it allows for unlimited contact between the football staff and the recruit, even once the dead period began this past Monday. Recruits can sign as many financial aid agreements as they want.
There was some worry from fans on whether or not he would stick with his commitment to Alabama just because of the sheer distance Hawaii is from Tuscaloosa. But, Alabama was the only school he visited since committing to the Crimson Tide in May. He also spoke with SEC Country after Lane Kiffin departed Alabama for Florida Atlantic, and he said the coach’s decision to leave didn’t affect his recruitment at all.
“It’s always sad to see a coach leave,” Tagovailoa said. “At the same time, you wish him the best and you’re correct. It doesn’t do anything with my commitment.”
He will participate in the Army Bowl game on Jan. 7, and, from there, will move to Tuscaloosa to being his college career. Tagovailoa is rated as the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2017.
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
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