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Alabama QB commit says a shared belief in God led him to the Tide

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What drew the country’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback toward the Tide.

Tua Tagovailoa Bud Elliott, SB Nation

BEAVERTON, Ore. – Tua Tagovailoa plans to travel a long way for college.

The four-star 2017 quarterback from Hawaii verbally committed in May to play for Alabama. He told SB Nation at an Elite 11 showcase event on Wednesday that he was fully committed to stick with that pledge, though he’s alluded to other possibilities.

It’s easy to pick Alabama for purely football reasons, but Tagovailoa’s rationale goes much deeper than that.

“First and foremost, it was their belief in God. Their belief in God was one of the biggest things that kind of struck me. That kind of lines up with everything in my life,” Tagovailoa said. “It’s not really structured, ‘There’s God, and there’s anything else.’ It’s more, ‘God’s so in the middle, and everything revolves around Him.’ That’s the kind of atmosphere I want to surround myself with.”

At present, Tagovailoa is one of two quarterback commits in Alabama’s class. (The other is Floridian Mac Jones, who loves to tell “Roll Tide” to people.) The Tide have quite a bit of quarterback talent on hand already, which Tagovailoa says is no bother.

“Anywhere you go, you’re gonna have to compete,” he said. “In life, you’re gonna go get a job. You’re gonna have to compete with the next person” to move up.

Tagovailoa is rated the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country on the 247Sports Composite. He’s got a lot to offer, but he’s not so interested in talking about his game.

“It’s not for me to say. It’s based off of opinions of how other people see it, as far as my film and stuff. I have no say in the way I play,” he said. “I just try to use my platform to praise God.”