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ESPN: Tua Tagovailoa Wanted To Go To Oregon, But They Never Offered

Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out on a pass play during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs.

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rolls out on a pass play during the third quarter against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The top quarterback recruit once had significant interest in this program.

Tua Tagovailoa once dreamed of playing for a college football program not named Alabama. But an offer never came.

ESPN published on Wednesday a feature story titled, "How Alabama got Tua." It goes into detail about the Hawaii native's recruitment.

Tagovailoa, who ended up being the No. 1 overall quarterback in the 2017 class, grew up dreaming of playing for Oregon. An offer never came from the Ducks, though.

From ESPN:

Tagovailoa, who was born and raised in Honolulu, attended Saint Louis School, the alma mater of Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. When Tagovailoa was in fourth grade, Mariota took him under his wing to give him quarterback tips, becoming an early mentor.

That relationship sparked an early interest in Oregon once Tagovailoa started his recruiting process.

Mark Helfrich, who was then the Ducks head coach, along with then-offensive coordinator Scott Frost, tried to avoid offering prospects early in their high school careers, but this one seemed like a no-brainer. However, no offer came.

Oregon ended up focusing on four-star Ryan Kelley and got a commitment from him. He eventually de-committed and flipped to Arizona State. By the time Oregon needed a new quarterback recruit for that class, Tagovailoa was a five-star prospect committed to Alabama.

The Ducks are in pretty good shape at the quarterback position now, though. Justin Herbert, a rising junior, looked like one of the best QBs in the country this past season before getting hurt. He threw for 1,983 yards and 15 touchdowns, completing 67.5 percent of his passes, in eight games.