D.J. Uiagalelei is one of the top prep quarterbacks in the entire country. The California native is a five-star composite recruit, and the top quarterback in the class of 2020.
Uiagalelei has a cannon arm, and will fit right in Clemson’s quarterback room when he makes his way to college. He is likely set to sit for a year under Trevor Lawrence, who will be a junior when he is a true freshman, before he can compete for the starting job.
A recruit like him would generally be one of the favorites to take home the MVP award at the Elite 11 camps. That won’t be the case for Uiagalelei though.
Five-star Clemson commit D.J. Uiagalelei won’t be attending the Elite 11 Finals, which begin today.
With baseball and a lingering hand injury, the five-star passer missed much of the spring football period. Because of that, his family has decided that it is best for him to dedicate his summer to his high school team, ahead of his senior season.
“So I think — I don’t think, I know actually — what (his) family is saying is, you know what, we want D.J. to be with Bosco. They have a tournament this weekend at Huntington Beach. And he’d miss four practices in addition to that tournament. And I think they just feel like, you know what, it’s my senior year and it’s more important for me to be with my team and do the tournament and be a senior captain and be at those practices.
“It’s unfortunate and it would have been great to see him, but honestly, I don’t think we would have seen the real D.J. anyways. He’s only thrown about two or three weeks this entire offseason. He wouldn’t have been as sharp as he normally would be. I think his family just thought it would be in his best interest to stay with Bosco.”
The recruiting site notes that with Uiagalelei’s absence, this will be the first year that the Elite 11 Finals don’t feature a five-star player.
The future Clemson Tiger is the only five-star quarterback in the class of 2020, as of today.