Alabama landed the commitment of quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa last weekend, pairing him with National Championship Game hero Tua Tagovailoa, his older brother.
It turns out that for Taulia, there was no other option.
“My brother is everything to me,” Taulia told WJOX in Birmingham on Tuesday morning. “We really can’t leave each other. … He hasn’t been recruiting me much, it’s just me trying to be with my brother and stay close with my family.”
Those are welcomed words from Tagovailoa, especially since he — like most prospects at this stage — wouldn’t commit to not taking visits to other schools later in the process.
“I think that’s another thing that my family and I have to sit down and talk about,” Tagovailoa said. “I have a lot of school work with me trying to graduate early. My biggest focus is just trying to get through my senior season and graduate early. I think that’s something we’ll have to see.”
Tagovailoa singled out Tennessee, Nebraska and South Carolina who have been recruiting him the hardest, even with his commitment to the Tide.
The idea that the Tagovailoa brothers are inseparable makes sense. When Tua joined the Tide, the rest of his family moved from Hawaii to be closer to Tuscaloosa. Taulia will play his senior season at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Ala.
Alabama does already have one 2019 quarterback commitment in 4-star quarterback Paul Tyson, who is the great-grandson of legendary Tide coach Bear Bryant. Both Taulia and Tyson will have quite the family lineage to live up to a couple years down the line.
You can listen to Tagovailoa’s full interview with WJOX here: