Here are 2 quarterbacks who could be the next Tua Tagovailoa.
This time last year, nobody (outside of the die-hard college football fans) knew who Tua Tagovailoa was. He was a five-star dual-threat quarterback recruit out of Hawaii who’d yet to play in a college game.
A lot has changed since then.
Alabama’s true freshman quarterback led the Crimson Tide to a comeback win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff game. Tagovailoa replaced starter Jalen Hurts at halftime and never looked back.
Which quarterback recruits could be the “next” Tagovailoa?
ESPN has named a couple.
Clemson 5-star commit Trevor Lawrence
Clemson could also see a similar scenario. Trevor Lawrence, the No. 2 overall prospect and the No. 1-ranked pocket-passer, could challenge incumbent Kelly Bryant with his advanced passing skills.
Lawrence, much like Fields, is already enrolled at Clemson and later in the season should be well enough acclimated to get his feet firmly planted in the competition. That’s not to say that these two will take over the starting job, but there is an opportunity for both Fields and Lawrence to push the guys in front of them.
Georgia 5-star QB commit Justin Fields
Ironically, Tagovailoa’s opponent in the national championship game, Georgia, might see a similar situation play out. The Dawgs landed Justin Fields, the top-ranked quarterback in the class, and Fields is already enrolled at Georgia, taking part in team activities. He has the ability to push Jake Fromm and create a competition between the two.
Fields might not replace Fromm, especially from the start, but his talent and ability are so great that with a few months under his belt and some actual college experience, Fields could be right in the mix.
Lawrence and Fields are the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks in the 2018 class. Both quarterbacks have enrolled early at Clemson and Georgia, respectively, and both could compete for the starting job right away.
Watch out for these two.