One of the most coveted class of 2019 quarterback prospect nationally, college coaches are now tracking Taulia Tagovailoa in Alabama instead of his native Hawaii. The rising junior made the move to the Yellowhammer State just in time for spring football practice at Alabaster (Ala.) Thompson High School.
Set to compete in the highest classification in Alabama, 7A, his new Warrior teammates told Scout he has grasped Mark Freeman's spread offense well early on. While his arm has also impressed onlookers on the team and otherwise, Thompson's players were even more complimentary of Tagovailoa's infectious personality despite a lack of familiarity with the school, its students, the area, etc.
Where Tagovailoa is plenty familiar is the football field, where he has made head-turning plays during his first two impressions in the South. The first was at The Opening Charlotte (video below), where he was clearly the top underclassmen passer in the group he was assigned to workout with. The ball jumps out of his hands following a quick release, where the similarities to his older brother and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa only begin.
During Scout's visit to Thompson High last week (video above), there was a much deeper look at his overall skill. Tagovailoa the leader, teammate and learner accompanied the passer programs like Alabama, Oregon, Utah, Syracuse and Hawaii like enough early on to have offered a scholarship. He was especially effective with the deep ball and flashed above-average ability to extend the play with his legs.
Tagovailoa will rank as one of the top quarterback prospects in Alabama for the 2019 cycle, one shaping up to be a solid QB group in the state with Power 5 prospects Bo Nix, Paul Tyson and others emerging.
Tagovailoa at The Opening Charlotte on May 7