2020 QB DJ Uiagalelei, the recruiting analysts’ prized recruit for the next class, made the six hour trip from his native Bellflower, CA to Santa Clara Monday night for a view from the sideline of Clemson’s win over Alabama in the National Championship Game. After also seeing the Tigers in person in their win over USC in November, Uiagalelei has even more reasons for having Clemson at the top of his list.
“I just wanted to see. It was the national championship game, and I just wanted to see Clemson play Alabama,” Uiagalelei said. “That’s a huge game right there, and I just wanted to be over there and be a part of it and see it. My uncle Drew has a connection up there, and we were basically on the field. We were in the field clubhouse suite. Me and Coach Terry and my uncle were down there, and we got to watch the game from down there. It was tight. We got to watch the game right behind the Clemson bench, so that was sick.”
What was really sick was Clemson’s manhandling of a team that no one thought could be manhandled.
“It was crazy. To me, I didn’t expect it. I knew it was going to be a good game, but I didn’t expect Clemson to roll over Alabama like that,” Uiagalelei said. “I don’t know if anybody thought that except for them. 44-16, not a day in my life did I think they were going to blow them out like that. I thought Clemson was going to win, but I thought it would be a closer game.”
Uiagalelei is getting down that road towards a decision. Clemson and Oregon seem to have separated from the rest with the Tigers holding the lead spot.
“I want to go to a place that you can compete for a national championship and win a national championship. It’s what you want to do,” he said. “I still like Clemson a lot. That’s my top school right now. I’m still open. I’m not sure when I’ll make a decision. I really want my mom to go up there and see Clemson. I know she likes Clemson a lot. My dad has been up there, and he loves Clemson. I just want my mom to be able to go to Clemson and be able to see it because she wants to see it, but she’s sold already on Clemson. We’ll most likely be coming in for the Clemson spring game.”
Uiagalelei also is a baseball prospect and has already transitioned into that sport for this spring.