After a crystal ball prediction placed former Clemson football quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei at the University of Hawaii, a funny thing happened.
As the days rolled by, I began to have my doubts, given the current circumstances of the Hawaii program and the state of its facilities.
Still, the move made some sense for Uiagalelei, for one being tutored by the great Timmy Chang.
But there were more drawbacks than positives, or at least that’s how it seemed to me.
Other reports had D.J. heading to Virginia and a reunion with Tony Elliott, which I found implausible on several levels.
The Cover 3 Podcast even suggested that Florida and Billy Napier should give D.J. a look and vice versa. That also made 0 sense to me and it began to seem that people were throwing random teams out there as a destination for Uiagaleleil.
Thursday night ESPN’s Pete Thamel tweeted that D.J. was expected to land at Oregon State of the PAC-12
This seems like a good fit for Uiagalelei, a team on the West Coast with a situation that could fit his personality and skills more than the Clemson offense.
Former Clemson football quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei is expected to land at Oregon State in the coming days
Oregon State just capped off a 10-3 season by pasting Florida 30-3 in the Las Vegas Bowl as freshman quarterback Ben Gulbranson threw for 165 yards and a touchdown.
If Uiagalelei to Oregon State becomes fact, it’s an interesting choice for the Oregon State staff, with Gulbranson having completed 62.1% of his 195 passes for 1,455 yards, with 9 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on the season just having completed his initial season of eligibility.
There is plenty of potential in Uiagalelei and he showed flash and promise at Clemson, but never seemed to fit the offense and wasn’t consistent enough to get the Tigers where they wanted to go.
It’ll be a fascinating watch to see how the quarterback spot at Oregon State unfolds if in fact, that is Uiagalelei’s destination.