Taulia Tagovailoa picks Maryland as new home

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Taulia Tagovailoa has announced where he’ll likely play the rest of his college football career. And it’s not anywhere close to where his brother will be playing in the NFL.

He could have chosen the Miami (Florida) Hurricanes or the Florida Atlantic Owls. Instead, he has chosen to attend the University of Maryland.

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His older brother, Tua Tagovailoa, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 2020 NFL Draft.

His decision came one week to the day after making his intentions known that he would like to transfer from the Alabama Crimson Tide. He entered the transfer portal, which allowed coaches to communicate with him.

“Taulia has outstanding field vision and excellent pocket awareness,” Terrapins head coach Mike Locksley said. “He’s a twitchy passer that has the ability to make and extend plays in and outside of the pocket because of his above-average athleticism. Taulia has terrific touch and trajectory on his throws and delivers the ball with above-average accuracy. He’s a highly competitive player that will bring great competition to a good quarterback room.”

He will have three-year of eligibility if he sits out the 2020 College Football season. He could apply for a waiver to play right away, but he’ll have to give the NCAA a plausible reason in his waiver application.

It has happened in the past, like for an example, last season with Justin Fields and Tate Martelli. Fields transferred from Georgia to Ohio State.

Martelli transferred from Ohio State to Miami (Florida).

Locksley is familiar with the Tagovailoa family. He was previously the Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator before being hired by Maryland.

“I’m so excited to start the next chapter of my career at the University of Maryland,” Tagovailoa said. “I’m incredibly grateful to all of the amazing people at Alabama, but am also thrilled to join the Terrapin Football Family. I have a great relationship with Coach Locksley and am excited to see what he’s building. I can’t wait to be part of it and I plan on working incredibly hard both on and off the field to make my family, teammates, coaches and fans proud.”

He played as a freshman at Alabama. It took his brother’s hip injury in November against the Mississippi State Bulldogs for the younger brother to actually see playing time.

However, he faced a decision, as he was likely going to be the Crimson Tide’s third-string quarterback. Now, with the Terrapins, he may be granted an opportunity to compete for the starting job.

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