HONOLULU — Two quarterbacks living under the same roof more than 4,000 miles away from Bryant-Denny Stadium could be the future of Alabama Crimson Tide football.
Tua Tagovailoa, the 5-star quarterback commit from Saint Louis High School (Honolulu) is locked in with his commitment to Alabama, and his brother, Taulia, a 2019 quarterback from Kapolei High School, already is thinking about suiting up for the Tide, too.
Taulia wanted to commit to Alabama when he received an offer from the Tide in July, but his parents told him that he was too young to make a big decision like that. But that hasn’t stopped Taulia from thinking about Alabama nonstop. When asked if he still wanted to play for the Tide, Taulia responded immediately.
“Oh heck yeah,” Taulia told SEC Country. “When Tua went up there, he didn’t want to come back home. He came back and was telling me all of these crazy things like how he got to meet Coach Saban. I have only seen that guy in movies it seems like and for me to see him taking pictures with mom, dad and Tua, it was just crazy.”
Taulia and Tua go to different high schools in Honolulu to allow the younger brother to start at one of the top football programs on the island. Taulia led Kapolei to the state semifinals game this season as he amassed 3,932 yards, 42 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.
The sophomore quarterback is on pace to shatter the Hawaiian state passing record for career total yards. He’s seventh in Hawaii history with 6,703 yards. Tua should break Timmy Chang’s record of 8,001 yards in the state championship game against Kahuku this Saturday. Tua only needs 87 passing yards to pass Chang.
The brothers haven’t played on the same football team since Taulia’s seventh-grade year when they were on the same park league team together, the Ewa Beach Hammerheads. Taulia, who was Tua’s center for the Hammerheads, thinks about reuniting with his brother in college — this time, as a quarterback.
“It would be a dream come true,” Taulia said. “I think I’d spend my brother’s last year at Alabama if he was to go to the draft, and we’d play on the same team. I could learn a lot from him. I think I’d have that advantage to step in and come after him.”
Taulia hasn’t been to Tuscaloosa yet. When the family went to Alabama this summer, Taulia stayed back in Hawaii for football practice. The one thing that Taulia is most upset about when it comes to not making that trip is what he’s wanted to do since he started watching college football.
“I didn’t think they would get a chance to meet Nick Saban on the trip,” Taulia said. “I’ve always wanted to meet Nick Saban.”
He admits that it’s going to be tough for other college coaches to top Alabama when it comes time to make his decision, which will likely be done his senior year. The thought of continuing on whatever legacy Tua leaves at Alabama already is intriguing for him, but the success the Crimson Tide have had over the years is what’s drawing him in the most.
“Alabama is just full of winners, and I want to be a winner, especially being coached by Nick Saban,” Taulia said.
Check out these highlights of Tua as a 12-year-old quarterback for the Hammerheads, the team in which Taulia was the center:
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