Former Alabama QB Taulia Tagovailoa announces transfer destination
After a season at Alabama, Taulia Tagovailoa is heading to the Big Ten.
Tagovailoa announced Friday via Twitter that he has committed to Maryland. The Terrapins are coached by former Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who knows the Tagovailoa family well.
Taulia tweeted a note thanking Nick Saban and UA and a commitment graphic to announce his decision:
Taulia signed with Alabama as part of the Crimson Tide’s 2019 recruiting class. Coming out of Thompson, he was rated 4-stars, the No. 5 pro-style prospect, No. 8 recruit in the state of Alabama and No. 180 prospect overall nationally on the 247Sports Composite. As a recruit, he collected 14 scholarship offers, including Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Many college football observers, including Paul Finebaum, speculated that Taulia would follow older brother Tua Tagovailoa to a program in South Florida. It is widely known that Taulia signed with the Crimson Tide out of high school so the family could stay close together in the Yellowhammer State. Tua was recently drafted by the Miami Dolphins.
Per his Alabama Athletics online bio, Taulia appeared in 5 games in the 2019 season, meaning he cannot claim it as a redshirt season. It appeared that Saban’s plan was for Taulia to redshirt by appearing in four games or less, but the season-ending injury to Tua changed those plans. In limited action, Taulia was 9-of-12 passing for 100 yards and a touchdown.