Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has been practicing for a 7-on-7 passing tournament.
Good thing he’s active at this time because some college suitors came to watch him practice over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.
Assistant coaches from USC and UCLA came to the Crusaders’ field on Monday to watch him throw, according to Tua’s father, Galu Tagovailoa. Because he’s still a junior, college coaches aren’t allowed at this time to talk to Tagovailoa or his family directly.
Assistants from Washington came to watch Tagovailoa on Tuesday and BYU coaches were on the Saint Louis campus talking to the Crusaders’ staff Monday, Galu Tagovailoa said.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Tua Tagovailoa has 15 offers from big-name Division I schools — Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisville, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oregon State, Texas Tech, UCLA, UNLV, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State.
But other offers could be on the way soon. He’s drawing interest from Florida State, Alabama and Notre Dame. It’s possible that Texas A&M will join the mix, too, because UCLA offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who has been recruiting Tagovailoa, is now with the Aggies.
Tyson Helton, who joined his brother Clay Helton‘s offensive staff at USC, watched Tagovailoa on Monday. Helton coached under June Jones at Hawaii from 2000 to ’03.
“College is not his priority right now,” Galu Tagovailoa said about his son. “Doing well in school and getting ready for his senior year are the big things for him. He wants to bring something to the school, a state championship. That’s his big priority right now.”
So far at this early stage in the recruiting process, Galu said, “SEC is the place where the big dogs are and we’re expecting to get more offers. We love the West Coast too because he would be closer to home, and they’ve got competitive teams there, too.”
At this point, Galu said, USC, UCLA and Ole Miss are Tua’s top three choices (not in any order), but that could easily change.