BEAVERTON, Ore. — One of the benefits of an event like The Opening, the premier camp for the nation’s top high school football players in the country held at Nike’s world headquarters, is it gives recruits a great opportunity to hang out with possible future college teammates. Alabama commit Tua Tagovailoa has taken advantage of that.
Tagovailoa, one of the leaders of the Crimson Tide’s Class of 2017, has spent his week in Oregon getting to know Alabama’s other six commits that are at The Opening. One of those commits is the nation’s No. 1 overall player, running back Najee Harris.
The left-handed Hawaiian quarterback spoke about the bond he is forming with Harris.
“He’s an awesome guy,” Tagovailoa said of Harris. “He’s been coming to my bible study group since Thursday. It’s been an amazing experience because you get to hear all of the struggles he’s going through and overcoming. I can’t say what he said because what gets said in the room stays in there.”
Besides getting to know each other off the field, Tagovailoa and Harris are competing on the same 7-on-7 team at The Opening, giving them the perfect opportunity to get familiar with each other’s tendencies on the field.
Just how impressed has Tagovailoa been with Harris’ game?
“You got a guy that can block for you, catch for you and a guy who can run,” Tagovailoa said. “He has all the intangibles needed to be a running back. There’s just too many things about him to be impressed by just one.”
Harris and Tagovailoa are joined on Team VaporSpeed by the following Alabama commits who are all 4-star recruits: wide receiver Tyrell Shavers; linebackers Markail Benton and VanDarius Cowan and safety Xavier McKinney. Tagovailoa said it’s important for him to leave Oregon this week with a solid friendship.
“This is where we’re going to build that bond and build that relationship,” Tagovailoa said. “By the time we get to Alabama, I hope everything is good as far as our relationship is concerned.”
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.