HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Saint Louis Crusaders quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has verbally committed to the University of Alabama, the senior-to-be prospect tells Hawaii News Now.
Tagovailoa, Scout.com's fifth-ranked quarterback in the class of 2017, says he has already informed Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban of his decision.
"I will be attending the University of Alabama," said Tagovailoa. "Taking time and sitting down with my family, we've come to an agreement that Alabama was the place for us. Alabama feels like home."
The decision to attend Alabama comes just weeks after Tagovailoa took an unofficial recruiting trip to the school's Tuscaloosa campus. Despite its distant proximity to the Hawaiian Islands, Tagovailoa said he felt at ease on campus.
"People always say that we're gonna be so far away from family, but it's just like family over there," said Tagovailoa. "Ohana is what we say down here, but family is huge over there as well."
Faith, Tagovailoa says, it also huge in the South, a major selling point for the devout Christian.
"Everybody goes to church on Sunday, and the spiritual aspect is the most important part of my life," said Tagovailoa.
Alabama, Tagovailoa says, was chosen over Auburn, Ole Miss, USC and UCLA, the other schools he described as being in his top-five.
"Being blessed and fortunate, I'd like to thank those schools as well, for believing in me and offering me," said Tagovailoa.
Ultimately, Tagovailoa says, it was impossible to pass up an opportunity to play for one of the most powerful football programs in the entire United States.
"You know, it's just a great opportunity, because not many kids from Hawaii get offers from schools in the SEC," said Tagovailoa. "It's just been a blessing."