Chris Kirschner over at SEC Country is now reporting that Tua Tagovailoa will honor his commitment with Alabama and does not intend to visit LSU. As the rumors of Kiffin to LSU continue to swirl, Tua’s father, Galu, went on to give Lane Kiffin a nice piece of praise:
“The reason why Alabama has Jalen Hurts in now is because he’s getting the job done,” Galu Tagovailoa said. “But Lane isn’t just a dual-threat guy. He’s a pro-style quarterback guy, too. I was telling (the Brennans) that he has the ability to coach both.”
If you missed the update, Brennan’s father quickly came out and stated his son wasn’t de-committing but simply opening back up the recruiting process. Brennan was clearly irked by the staff’s pursuit of a shiny new QB target.
The question now becomes how serious is their pursuit? The Tagovailoa’s telling a reporter he won’t visit is one thing. Following through on those plans is another. Still, it seems likely he will stick with his Alabama commitment.
For the staff, do they turn back to assuaging any concerns from the Brennan family? Or is this a shift in philosophy? For all the talk of Kiffin shifting to a full on running spread coordinator, Alabama still holds an additional commitment from a pro-style QB themselves.
The QB recruit pool is really thin. If LSU wants a top talent, they’ll have to be diligent about trying to flip one committed. The top 21 Pro-Style QBs are all committed. The top 27 Dual-Threat QBs are all committed as well. That leaves LSU with decidedly few options.
I remain adamant the staff should work on landing 2 QB commits every class. This is the first time in nearly a decade that LSU has a properly stocked depth chart. Next season will likely see another year of Etling starting, allowing any freshman to RS, and the continued maturation of Lindsey Scott, now as a true-backup. It helps knowing what you have in Etling, even if he’s not a great player. He’s good enough to not force your hand at rushing a player onto the field before he is ready.
At any rate, we can all hope there’s a shift in QB development and LSU is able to get more from the position than they did in the Les Miles era.