Taulia Tagovailoa is leaving Alabama.
AL.com and the Tuscaloosa News reported Friday that the younger brother of former Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal.
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Taulia Tagovailoa, also a quarterback, has not announced the move, although sources told The Athletic’s Aaron Suttles that he has spoken on multiple occasions in the past about transferring.
He committed to the Crimson Tide in April 2018 and played in five games as a freshman last season, backing up his brother and Mac Jones, who is now the incumbent starter. He completed 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Speculation over where Taulia Tagovailoa will transfer was intense Friday. According to 247Sports.com’s timeline, he received scholarship offers from Hawaii, Oregon, Florida Atlantic, Syracuse, Oklahoma State, Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska and Michigan in addition to Alabama. His unofficial visits included trips to LSU and South Carolina. The sophomore would have to sit out the 2020 season after making a move and then have three years of eligibility remaining.
Jones will face a challenge from five-star freshman Bryce Young while attempting to succeed Tua Tagovailoa, who was selected fifth overall by the Dolphins in last month’s NFL Draft.