One of Willie Taggart‘s first acts as Oregon football coach was to jump on a plane to Hawaii.
Taggart, who was hired on Wednesday, is on his way to Ewa Beach to visit Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is committed to Alabama.
Tua’s father, Galu, told seccountry.com that he has already spoken to Taggart but reinforced his son’s intentions to enroll at Alabama. He said Taggart is here mostly to speak to Kapolei defensive lineman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa.
“They’re supposed to be out here to see my nephew (3-star defensive end Myron Tagovailoa) and they just wanted to speak to Tua. I’m fine with it,” Galu Tagovailoa told the Web site. “I know he’s a new coach and he wants to get the energy going, but at the same time, we expressed to him that Tua is locked in to Alabama. He just wanted a chance to speak with him, and I’m fine with it.”
Oregon fans are obviously psyched about the prospect, as this link from oregonlive.com indicates:
Tagovailoa tweeted a photo with Taggart on Friday.
Had the pleasure of meeting Oregons new head coach! Coach Willie Taggart pic.twitter.com/htRGKO0hDR
— Tua Tagovailoa (@Tuaamann_) December 9, 2016