Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of former Alabama star and Tua Tagovailoa, announced the transfer to the University of Maryland.
As a four-star recruit and the fifth professional-style quarterback in the Class of 2019, according to 247 Sports, Tagovailoa followed his older brother from his home state, Hawaii, to Alabama. He entered five games in the trash as a freshman and played a touchdown pass.
With Mac Jones ahead of him on the depth chart in 2020, and with his brother leaving for the NFL, Tagovailoa announced last week that he was entering the NCAA transfer portal.
Maryland coach Mike Locksley knew the Tagovailoa family through the recruiting trail, and Locksley was Alabama's offensive coordinator and trained Tua Tagovailoa for a year.
"I am very excited to begin the next chapter of my career at the University of Maryland," Tagovailoa said in a statement. "I'm incredibly grateful to all the amazing people in Alabama, but I'm also thrilled to be joining the Terrapin football family. I have a great relationship with Coach Locksley and I'm excited to see what he's building. I can't wait to do it. part of that and I plan to work incredibly on and off the field to make my family, teammates, coaches and fans proud. ”
"Taulia has an excellent field view and excellent pocket knowledge," said Locksley in a statement. "He is a nervous passer who has the ability to make and extend plays in and out of his pocket due to his above average athletics. Taulia has great touch and trajectory in his pitches and delivers the ball with above average accuracy. He is a highly competitive player who will bring great competition to a good quarterback. "
Tagovailoa will likely have to stay out of the 2020 season after the transfer, but the NCAA Division I Council is considering a move that would allow football players and athletes from other sports to receive a single transfer exemption that would allow for immediate eligibility in their new schools. Furthermore, it is not clear what the 2020 season will be like due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Maryland has an extreme need in the position. His only scholarship quarterbacks from the 2020 list are Josh Jackson, a former Virginia Tech transfer who entered his last year of eligibility; redshirt freshman Lance LeGendre; and Evan Lewandowski, a transfer from Division III.
The young Tagovailoa is the quarterback with the highest rating that the program has received in years. The "brand name" and the association with the older brother also do not affect the exposure of the program.
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