Five-star quarterback DJ Uiagalelei recently announced on Twitter dot com that he’s ready to commit to one of his top three schools—which is really just a top two.
Or is it?
Uiagalelei lists Clemson (sure), Oregon (yep) and Mount San Antonio College (wait, what?) among his top three. That obviously makes no sense if you’re unaware that two of his uncles coach at Mount SAC. And, even if you are aware, including Mount SAC alongside the Tigers and Ducks doesn’t strike anyone as legitimate.
But what if it were?
What if Uiagalelei shocked the recruiting world on Monday and pledged allegiance to the Mounties?
Would it be that crazy?
Mount SAC is a junior college, after all. And, while Uiagalelei may well be the immediate successor to Justin Herbert should he choose Oregon, he’d be backing up Trevor Lawrence at Clemson—assuming Lawrence isn’t slinging it in the XFL in 2020.
Alternatively, Uiagalelei—who completed 70 percent of his passes for 3,366 yards, 48 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last season—could essentially stay home and spend the fall of ’20 eviscerating inferior competition alongside family.
Last year’s Mountie quarterback, Steven Nava, was one of 16 players to sign with an NCAA program back in February, after all. Barring the catastrophic, it’s safe to assume Uiagalelei would probably do a bit better than Southwest Minnesota State.
Realistically, he’d probably be choosing from most of the same 30-or-so offers he already has.
In fact, the butterfly effect (S/O to Ashton Kutcher) of Uiagalelei heading to Walnut, Calif., could look something like this:
After missing out on Uiagalelei, Dabo Swinney shifts his focus to Highland Park (Texas) quarterback Chandler Morris—the son of close friend, Arkansas head coach Chad Morris. Ultimately, Chandler spurns his father in favor of Clemson (the anti-Uiagalelei move) and the Hogs are left with only 14 graduate transfers, a baseball player and KJ Jefferson in their quarterback room.
Oregon turns to Brentwood (Calif.) Liberty quarterback Jay Butterfield. There’s not really a clever anecdote to add, here. It’s just a bummer for Colorado and Cal is all.
After spurning the kings of the college football universe in favor of family, Uiagalelei shatters Bo Wallace’s NJCAA single-season passing yards mark (4,604) en route to a national championship at Mount SAC.
With Uiagalelei mostly out of the picture, Clemson goes hard after Gonzaga’s (DC) ’21 dual threat stud, Caleb Williams.
Meanwhile, at Oregon, Tyler Shough has assumed command of the Ducks to such an extent that Uiagalelei and other prospective quarterbacks begin to shy away from Eugene.
Instead of Oregon or Clemson, Uiagalelei signs with Alabama—because of course he does—and the Crimson Tide win two more national titles (’22 and ’23) with him behind center.
Because of course they do.