While the other Clemson football transfers have found their way to different destinations over the last few days, the big question remained where D.J. Uiagalelei would end up.
Early on UCLA and Oregon were the two names that were prominent and that made sense, until it didn’t.
Rumors around Virginia and a reunion with Tony Elliott persisted, despite that making little sense to me, both geographically and schematically.
As the quarterback dominoes began to fall, NFL declarations and returns to college were announced, Uiagalelei remained uncommitted.
D.J. has handled himself and his time at Clemson with nothing but class, but things just didn’t work out on the field for whatever reason.
He never seemed to fit the Clemson system and the Clemson system was never reworked to fit him.
D.J. will finish his time at Clemson completing 515 of 860 passes (59.9%) for 5,861 yards with 36 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.
As the situations at UCLA and Oregon became more clear, word began to leak that Uiagalelei would end up at a Mountain West team – Fresno State – and I thought that would be a good destination for him, admittedly not knowing any particulars other than they throw the ball and generally develop good quarterbacks.
Former Clemson football quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei has been crystal balled to a WAC team
Late this afternoon, another Mountain West team became the name – Hawaii and head coach Timmy Chang.
Uiagalelei has even been crystal balled to Hawaii by 247sports.com.
A crystal ball, of course, is not a guarantee, but rather a prediction presumably based on some specific knowledge. What that specific knowledge is, is anyone’s guess, but the analyst felt good enough to go with it publicly.
Whether or not this comes to fruition, I wish D.J. well. As I’ve said before things didn’t work out for him on the field at Clemson, but he’s a Clemson graduate and has handled himself with class and dignity in the face of a lot of ugliness.
I wish him nothing but success both on and off the field, whether Hawaii or another school is his final destination.