Taulia Tagovailoa, one of Alabama’s quarterback commits in the 2019 class, will try to follow in his brother’s footsteps when he travels to Los Angeles in June for the Elite 11 competition.
Tagovailoa, a 4-star prospect from Thompson High School (Alabaster, Ala.), received his invite to the prestigious high school quarterback competition on Friday afternoon after two excellent performances at the Atlanta and Nashville Nike Opening regional camps.
There will be lots of eyes watching Tagovailoa in Los Angeles from June 1-3 because his brother, Tua, won the Elite 11 MVP two years ago after what some counselors at the time called the best performance they had seen.
Because of his last name, he knows the comparisons between him and Tua are going to be constant, but it doesn’t bother him. He relishes that.
“That’s kind of natural,” Taulia said in a recent interview with SEC Country. “I don’t really compete with anyone else other than Tua when it comes to football and school. Even when we are at home just playing games, I want to win. God blessed me with an amazing brother who I can compete with every day in every aspect of life.”
At Thompson High School last season, Taulia, in his first season playing football on the mainland after moving from Hawaii, threw for 3,823 yards, which passed former Tide quarterback John Parker Willson for third all-time in the state in one season. He also totaled 35 touchdowns. Taulia was named the Alabama Sports Writer Association’s Class 7A Back of the Year, and he finished third in the voting for Mr. Football, which is given to the best player in the state.
The accolades didn’t stop there. Taulia led Thompson to its first win over Hoover High School, a perennial national powerhouse, in school history. Thompson won its first region championship since 2007 and advanced past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 1987.
Tagovailoa committed to the Crimson Tide last month.