St. John Bosco Prep quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei is the toast of the 2020 high school recruiting class. The nation’s top-ranked, pro-style quarterback led his team to back-to-back top-3 rankings among all high school football programs in the country as a sophomore and junior. Long-time 247Sports recruiting reporter Greg Biggins compared this kid’s “generational” arm talent to Ben Roethlisberger who also has Cam Newton’s athleticism.
Uiagalelei’s commitment is one of the most important in the last few years, and we finally have our answer where the five-star quarterback will be heading before inevitably making the jump to the NFL Draft.
Just a few weeks before making his college decision, Uiagalelei cut his list from seven teams — the Alabama Crimson Tide, Clemson Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks and Mt. Sac, a junior college where two of his uncles coach — down to a final three.
Uiagalelei used his personal Twitter account to hint at where he’d be going, and while Oregon and Mt. Sac were included in that final three, it always felt like Clemson University would likely be the landing spot. He affirmed those suspicions by releasing a two-minute video committing to the Clemson Tigers, a program fresh off another national championship and, somehow, still getting better.
The kid who received his first scholarship offer in the sixth grade has his senior season ahead to finally capture the CIF-SS Division I Championship that California powerhouse Mater Dei has stolen from him the last two seasons. Last year, Uiagalelei threw for 48 touchdowns for an offense that averaged over 50 points per game.
USA Today’s All-USA Offensive Player of the Year is heading from Bellflower, California to South Carolina where he’ll have to spend his freshman season watching Trevor Lawrence at quarterback, but don’t expect him to stay hidden during the 2020 college football season.
It’s highly likely that Uiagalelei will be selected in the first or second round of the 2020 MLB Draft, just in case you needed any more validation that he’s a superstar in the making.
Uiagalelei is all-in with Clemson football as head coach Dabo Swinney grabs yet another elite offensive talent from the other side of the country. Don’t expect the NCAA’s rising dynasty to slow down any time soon.