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Tua Tagovailoa is going to be another great quarterback at Alabama.
He showed that at the “Elite 11” and then at Nike’s “The Opening” this summer and he did nothing to dispel that in Texas last week at the U.S. Army All-American events.
He’s already at Alabama and I wouldn’t be shocked if he pushed current starter Jalen Hurts for playing time in 2017. Tagovailoa can run very well and he’s a more accurate passer than Hurts.
Yet he said something very interesting in Texas. That came while he and I were watching a bunch of the Georgia commits hang out together after a mid-week practice.
“Georgia is getting a lot of great players,” Tagovailoa said. “I firmly believe that we (Alabama) will get the opportunity to play a lot of big games against each other in college.”
The nation’s No. 1 dual-threat QB even shared a morsel of his scouting intel.
“They all look very good,” he said. “I wouldn’t be able to say that they have even one bad recruit. They have all good guys. From Richard (LeCounte) to Netori (Johnson) all the way to Jake (Fromm) that is a very well-rounded class. They are great players, but also very good guys to be around, too.”
He said LeCounte leaves an impression.
Tua Tagovailoa is already at Alabama. He’s rated as the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat QB in the Class of 2017. He expects big things from the Georgia class this year. (Chris Kirschner / SEC Country)
“He is loud and funny,” Tagovailoa said. “But at times he can be very respectful. He can be a very respectful person at the right times. He’s just a funny guy. Guys rally around guys that can talk but at the same time back it up. He can back up everything that he’s saying to guys out there on the field.”
He was also very impressed with Fromm. Those two spent a lot of time together at the Elite 11, the Opening and at the U.S. Army All-American Game.
“Jake is an awesome guy,” Tagovailoa said. “Very down-to-earth. Very humble. Awesome leader. He’s also very well-spoken and really cares about his family. He’s a family man. You can see that easily. There’s really nothing bad to say or nothing you don’t like about that guy.”
Tagovailoa stated that Fromm’s leadership ability stood out to him in Oregon and Texas.
“He just projects generosity every time I see him,” Tagovailoa said. “He just seems like the same real genuine guy every time I’m around him.”
It is not a stretch of any analyst’s powers of estimation to project Alabama vs. Georgia in multiple SEC Championship Game meetings in the future.
That seems likely given the way each program has recruited elite talent in 2017.
This weekend’s big targets
The Wednesday Intel noted the influx of Georgia commitments that will be in Athens this weekend on their only official visit. But there are also two very big fish that are not on the commitment board.
Bryant is rated as the nation’s No. 14 DE for the Class of 2017. (Jeff Sentell / AJC)
The first of those is 4-star weak-side defensive end prospect Markaviest “Big Cat” Bryant. Bryant is a purposeful guy and he’s going to make sure he takes all the visits and enjoys his recruiting process.
He still plans to make his public decision sometime close to or on National Signing Day.
The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder still plans to make his public decision sometime close to or on National Signing Day.
He’s rated as the nation’s No. 13 weak-side DE and at No. 174 overall for this cycle. DawgNation has projected him in the Georgia class for quite some time and most of his interviews of late still tout Auburn and Georgia as the teams to watch out for, but they also give a slight edge to the in-state school.
Bryant was very candid when he discussed with DawgNation how he felt about his decision at the end of his senior season.
The other non-UGA commit of note that is expected to take an official to UGA this week is a 4-star Alabama OLB commit Markail Benton. Benton is committed to Alabama.