It appears Tua Tagovailoa will not be the only member of the Tagovailoa family leaving Tuscaloosa this spring. AL.com's Matt Zenitz first reported, and BamaOnLine has since confirmed, that Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of former Tide star Tua Tagovailoa, has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
The younger Tagovailoa was a four-star prospect in the 2019 recruiting class. He was ranked as the No. 5 pro-style QB in 247 Sports' Composite rankings and chose Alabama over offers from other schools like Florida, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon and a host of others. He appeared in five games for the Tide as a freshman last season, completing 9 of 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Still, he entered the 2020 offseason seen by most as the third option to replace his older brother. Mac Jones took over the starting reins when Tua went down with a hip injury last season, and Alabama added Bryce Young in its 2020 class. Young is a five-star prospect from California whose overall rating had him as the No. 2 player overall (No. 1 QB) in the 2020 recruiting class, the third-highest recruit to commit to Alabama in 247Sports history.
It seems Taulia doesn't see a clear path to playing time in Tuscaloosa, given the positioning in the quarterback room.
As for where he'll end up, it's way too early to tell. Still, if you're in the mood to recklessly speculate -- and who isn't? -- the Tagovailoa family is incredibly close. They moved from Hawaii to Alabama once Tua enrolled, and now that he's a member of the Miami Dolphins, maybe the family is looking to relocate to South Beach.