The nation's top quarterback prospect has made his decision. Five-star DJ Uiagalelei committed to... well, he's going to keep us guessing for the next five days.
Oregon and Clemson are in a recruiting battle for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound St. John Bosco (California) athlete who is praised for his out-of-this-world arm strength. He also included Mt. San Antonio College in the mix of his top three schools.
Side note- is he the only college football player to have Mt. San Antonio College in his top three that also includes the defending national champions?
He took to his Twitter to post a beautifully edited hype video from a Los Angeles agency. The video announced that he will announce his commitment on May 5th (his mom's birthday).
After the quarterback tweeted on Tuesday night that he would make a "big announcement" on May 1st, I turned my notifications on for his tweets. When I watched his "big announcement" video, I couldn't help but think... Isn't this a little out of control? I know we live in the age of social media and I'm all for the excitement that comes along with football recruiting. Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but how many "big announcements" are too many? It's silly in my opinion. Yet, many are all aboard the hype train. And hey, you only commit to a college football program once in your life, right (sarcasm)?
I wonder what Uiagalelei's wedding invitations will be like some day, will he mail a save the date to check your mailbox for your save the date?
The tease comes after Uiagalelei visited Oregon several times, including a recent trip for the spring game where he met former Oregon quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jeremiah Masoli, who are two of his favorite college football players.
It is widely expected that Uiagalelei will committ to the Clemson Tigers. At Clemson, Uiagalelei would be behind quarterback Trevor Lawrence for probably one season while he is groomed to take over the defending national champions upon Lawrence’s likely declaration for the 2020 NFL Draft. At Oregon, Uiagalelei would also enter a primo situation; Quarterback Justin Herbert's departure opens a starting role for the Ducks in 2020, competing against backups Tyler Shough and Cale Millen.
If he chooses Oregon, coach Mario Cristobal will have landed the nation’s No. 1 prospect in back-to-back recruiting classes (defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, the nation’s top prospect by ESPN in 2019).
As Uiagalelei would say, STAY TUNED! BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING MAY 5!