When SEC Country last spoke with the Tagovailoa family, moving to the state of Alabama from Hawaii was going to be a likely option if Kapolei (Hawaii) High School offensive coordinator June Jones decided to leave his position.
The Tagovailoas wanted their younger son, Taulia, a 2019 quarterback who holds an Alabama offer, to continue to get coached by Jones, who was a former college and NFL coach. Jones decided to leave Kapolei after the season.
According to Hawaii Prep World, the family’s move to Alabama appears to be happening now. Jones told that site that the Tagovailoas will move closer to Tuscaloosa so they can watch Tua play at Alabama and get Taulia accustomed to living in the mainland and playing football in the South.
“I think he’s going to Alabama with his whole family to watch Tua. That’s what I’ve been told,” Jones said. “He’ll do great. It’ll be a great experience for him. A totally different culture, obviously. He’s going to Birmingham. I haven’t talked to (Tua’s and Taulia’s father) Galu and (mother) Diane, but they’re going up this year for sure.”
It’s not known which high school Taulia will attend just yet, but last time SEC Country spoke with the family, they were thinking of moving to the Mobile area because they have some family there.
If they do make the move official, this will help Alabama’s chances at landing Tua’s brother when he makes his college decision. He’s already told SEC Country he’d like to play for the Crimson Tide and wanted to commit to them when he received his offer.
“It would be a dream come true,” Taulia said in November. “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.”
The family could not be reached for comment at time of publishing this story.
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