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USC Football Recruiting: 4-Star QB Tua Tagovailoa Announces Top 8

Mar 15, 2016, 9:38 AM EDT
Mar 8, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans football helmets during spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans football helmets during spring practice at Howard Jones Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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USC football recruiting target and four-star quarterback Tua Tagoailoa announced his Top 8 schools on Twitter Tuesday, including the Trojans on his list.

Tua Tagovailoa, one of the nation’s top quarterbacks for the 2017 class announced his Top 8 on Twitter Tuesday morning, listing USC along with Alabama, Ole Miss, UCLA, Texas A&M, Washington, Hawai’i and Arizona.

“Thank you to everyone who’s been a part of this journey within my recruiting process. I have narrowed my choices down to my top 8 (No particular order). God is good,” Tagovailoa said in his tweet.

Surprisingly, Oregon did not make the cut despite a clear connection between Tagovailoa and the Ducks. Tagged by many as the Next Marcus Mariota, Tagovailoa attends St. Louis high school in Honolulu just as the Duck Heisman winner did. The two also share a skill set as capable athletes on the run but exceptional passers of the ball as well.

Though Oregon was considered the early leader for Tagovailoa’s signature, USC has come on strong in the past year. The Trojans now hold a 77% advantage on 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. Rival UCLA has also pushed hard for the Hawaiian.

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Tagovailoa is rated as the No. 2 quarterback in the class of 2017, trailing only Bishop Gorman’s Tate Martell, who has also been pursued by the Trojans but is currently a Texas A&M pledge.

USC took a quarterback, Matt Fink, in the 2016 class and hold the commitment of 2018 Oaks Christian quarterback Matt Corral, but they are still looking to add another to their ranks for 2017.

The Trojans 2017 class currently includes four commitments, Martell’s Bishop Gorman teammate safety Bubba Bolden, running back Stephen Carr, cornerback Thomas Graham and wide receiver Marlon Williams.

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