Taulia Tagovailoa Transfer: 5 Schools To Land Alabama Quarterback
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Five Teams That Could Land Taulia Tagovailoa
2020 College Football
Former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was recently a top-five pick in the NFL draft, and now current Alabama quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, the brother of Tua, has entered the transfer portal. The 4-star recruit has 12 career pass attempts for 100 yards and one touchdown. Unless Tagovailoa gets a waiver from the NCAA, he’ll be forced to sit out the 2020 season, meaning he’d have three years of eligibility.
Here are five schools that are a likely landing spot for Tagovailoa.
Miami - When Tua was drafted by the Miami Dolphins, he mentioned how his family would remain in Alabama in support of his brother. One way to bring everybody together is having Tagovailoa transfer to the Miami Hurricanes, the school that shares stadiums with the Dolphins. Miami has had issues finding a consistent quarterback and they’ll be in the market once again after a season of D’Eriq King. This move seems like the most logical, as I’m sure being closer to his brother is a strong motivator for a potential move.
Tennessee - Before going to Alabama, the Tennessee Volunteers were in the running for Tagovailoa’s services, as he attended junior day in 2018 while also showing up to school camp and taking an unofficial visit later in the year. That many trips show that Tagovailoa was considering Tennessee and it’s a school that’s still trying to find a quarterback. Tagovailoa could stay in the competitive SEC while also playing for a school he showed previous interest.
Florida International - Florida International is a program on the rise under coach Butch Davis and has made a bowl appearance each of the last three years. FIU is also a program that doesn’t get much top end talent often, so they’d gladly open their arms to land Tagovailoa. If the Hurricanes are not in the cards, transferring to FIU reunites the Tagovailoa brothers in Miami and keeps the family together.
Florida Atlantic - If Tagovailoa doesn’t end up at either Miami school, he could turn his attention to the FAU Owls. Florida Atlantic was kind of put on the map these last few years by Lane Kiffin and they hope to build on that momentum under new coach Willie Taggart. Florida Atlantic has taken full advantage of the transfer program in the past and snagging Tagovailoa would be one of their more impressive feats yet. Also, FAU was one of the first schools to extend an offer back in January of 2017. Boca Raton is about a 45-minute car ride from Miami, so this is a move that brings the family closer together and allows Tagovailoa to become the star of the campus.
Hawaii - If being closer to his brother isn’t that important and he just wants to leave for a better chance of leading a program, Tagovailoa could end up in Hawaii. The ties here self explanatory and Hawaii extended an offer in March of 2016 when Tagovailoa took an unofficial visit. The interest pretty much stopped there, but imagine this pairing. Tagovailoa would be the star of the island and make Hawaii a must-watch team late at night. This is obviously unlikely, but I wouldn’t be mad at the move.