Tua Tagovailoa To Alabama: Where 4-Star QB Fits In Loaded Crimson Tide Depth Chart
Alabama Landed Tua Tagovailoa
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The Alabama Crimson Tide landed yet another top recruit with the commitment from 4-star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa is considered a top-15 quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class, and he had offers on the table from Auburn, USC, Washington and Arizona, among others.
Alabama is a school that’s had questions at the quarterback position ever since AJ McCarron left town, but now Lane Kiffin and Nick Saban have themselves plenty of quarterbacks to choose from heading into the upcoming season.
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Tagovailoa is a big quarterback at 6’1”, 216 pounds who throws the ball with his left hand. While his delivery is a bit funky and the ball comes out of his hand weird, Tagovailoa has shown enough arm strength and accuracy to be a reliable quarterback at the college level. Tagovailoa moves well in the pocket and while he isn’t an explosive athlete, he moves well for a guy his size and can certainly make plays with his legs. Tagovailoa looks a lot like Vince Young when you watch him on tape.
Tagovailoa isn’t a finished product by any means, as he can improve his pocket awreness and iron some kincks out in his awkward delivery. However, Tagovailoa has the size, arm strength and the playmaking skills to be a difference maker for the Crimson Tide at the quarterback position.
The question is where does Tagovailoa fit in terms of the depth chart?
Right now, Alabama has two experienced quarterbacks on the roster already with senior Jake Coker and sophomore Cooper Bateman. Junior Alec Morris can also be thrown in the mix, as he did see limited action in three games last season.
While those guys are sure to hold down the fort this season, Tagovailoa’s main competition when he arrives on campus will be Jalen Hurts. A 4-star recruit from the 2016 recruiting class, Hurts is already turning some heads with the reps he’s getting, and he looked very sharp in the A-Day spring game by completing 11 of 15 passes while showcasing his mobility.
Hurts may not have the accuracy of Tagovailoa, but he does have the arm strength and may be the more explosive playmaker in terms of athleticism.
Alabama is set at the quarterback position for several years to come, and it’s going to be interesting to see how Saban and Kiffin handle this much talent.
Right now, I give the edge to Hurts given his experience already in the system and the fact he’s the quicker athlete.
Still, the commitment from Tagovailoa gives Alabama depth at the most important position on the roster.