Transfer Tracker: Alabama QB transfer Taulia Tagovailoa commits to Maryland
It didn't take long for former four-star Taulia Tagovailoa to find a new home. Just a week after entering the transfer portal, the former Alabama quarterback announced his plans to transfer to Maryland.
The move reunites Tagovailoa with Terps head coach Mike Locksley, who coached Tagovailoa's older brother Tua at Alabama and was one of Taulia's recruiters when he was the Tide's offensive coordinator in 2018.
Tagovailoa, the No. 9 ranked quarterback in the Rivals.com Quarterback transfer rankings, played a total of 61 snaps according to Pro Football Focus in 2019. He completed 9-of-12 passes for 100 yards a touchdown. He will have three years of eligibility remaining to use at Maryland.
AS A RECRUIT
Tagovailoa garnered a number of offers but it was clear from the early going that he would join his older brother Tua at Alabama, and he committed to the Tide during the spring of his junior year.
Tagovailoa appeared in five games as a true freshman while backing up his brother and Mac Jones in 2019, playing a total of 61 snaps according to Pro Football Focus. He completed 9-of-12 passes for 100 yards a touchdown. With Jones and incoming five-star Mac Jones both ahead of him on the depth chart, Tagovailoa made the decision to enter the portal. He will have three years of eligibility at his next school.
"Tua’s brother as he’s known to most has some talent of his own as a strong armed quarterback with the ability to zip the football into tight spaces. He doesn’t have the touch his brother had or the same fluidity in footwork but this kid can plant and throw. He’s a tad shorter and thicker than his brother but might have a stronger arm. He redshirted last year so he has many years left but he’s hard to read as far as impact. But Mike Locksley knows him well and the Terps are a good fit as he can be a multi-year starter." - National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell
Impact Rating: 7.4 out of 10 -
The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and mange their rosters so we here at Rivals.com continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.
1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.
4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.
6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.
9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.
10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.