Another Tagovailoa may soon be playing his football in the state of Alabama.
Former NFL and college coach June Jones told Hawaii Prep World on Thursday that top 2019 dual-threat quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of five-star freshman Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, will be moving with his family to the state to finish out his high school career.
“I think he’s going to Alabama with his whole family to watch Tua,” said Jones, who was Taulia Tagovailoa’s offensive coordinator at Kapolei (Hawaii) High this past season. “That’s what I’ve been told. He’ll do great. It’ll be a great experience for him. A totally different culture, obviously. He’s going to Birmingham. I haven’t talked to Galu and Diane (Tagovailoa’s parents), but they’re going up this year for sure.”
Jones mentioned Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama – which is located south of Birmingham and one hour away from Tuscaloosa – as Taulia Tagovailoa’s transfer destination. Thompson is a 7A school, the highest high school classification in Alabama.
Taulia Tagovailoa, who 247Sports has not yet ranked, already holds offers from Alabama, as well as Oregon, Utah, Hawaii and Florida Atlantic. He was offered by the Crimson Tide on July 30, 2016 – almost three full months after Tua Tagovailoa committed.
As a sophomore this past fall, Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 3,919 yards – 67 yards shy of breaking the single-season state record set by Timmy Chang – and 42 touchdowns to nine interceptions while leading Kapolei to a 10-3 record and a state semifinals appearance. For his career, he has 6,703 passing yards and 64 touchdowns.
Tua Tagovailoa, in comparison, threw for 2,669 yards and 27 touchdowns to seven interceptions this past season while leading Honolulu St. Louis to the state title. He also rushed for 727 yards and eight scores.
Tua Tagovailoa finished his career with 8,158 passing yards (state record) and 84 touchdowns, meaning Taulia Tagovailoa likely will shatter his older brother’s high school numbers – even if he leaves Hawaii. Chang owns the state record for passing touchdowns with 113.
Tua Tagovailoa enrolled early at Alabama in January and is expected to push returning starter Jalen Hurts for the starting job this offseason.
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