How Good Is Taulia Tagovailoa? Four-star Recruit Follows Older Brother Tua at Alabama

Taulia Tagovailoa
Thompson quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa before the game between the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies and Thompson Warriors on October 26 at Thompson High School in Alabaster, Alabama. Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Quarterback dynasties in the same family are rare and siblings playing in the same position for the same team are rarer still.

When it comes to Alabama, however, the prospect isn't that far-fetched. On Wednesday, the Crimson Tide confirmed the signing of Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of current Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

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A four-star recruit, Taulia is the number four dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2019. By comparison, his brother was ranked as the third dual-threat quarterback and the number 53 prospect in the country in the class of 2017.

Welcome QB @tauliaa12 to the Alabama Football Family!#ROLL1N9#RollTide#OutworkYesterday

— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) December 19, 2018

The teenager is ranked as the number 7 player in Alabama and has already won the Bobby Dodd National Back of the Year Award after his team—the Thompson High School in Alabaster—finished second in the state championship last year.

The quarterback, who ranks 112 overall among his class's prospects, had committed to the Crimson Tide for a while and visited the school over the weekend.

Signing with Alabama will allow the younger Tagovailoa to remain close to his family, who moved in the Tuscaloosa area when Tua signed for the Crimson Tide two years ago.

The latter has been a college football sensation this season, throwing for a combined 3,353 yards, 37 touchdowns and four interceptions, completing 67.7 percent of the 294 passes he attempted. However, Taulia seems unfazed by the prospect of following in his older brother's footsteps.

I want people to expect a lot," he told USA Today in November.

"I learned from my dad and my brother and I know that I'm prepared. I don't get tired of hearing about my brother or being compared to him because it's a blessing that he's done what he's done. We're similar, but I'm my own player. I'm going to be the best me now and when I get there."

Tua eventually finished runner-up in the Heisman Trophy to the Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray.

The duo are scheduled to go head-to-head on December 29 when the Crimson Tide play the Sooners in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

The 20-year-old Alabama quarterback is confident he will be fully fit for the game, despite having undergone surgery to repair a high-ankle sprain he suffered earlier this month in the SEC championship game against Georgia.

"I'll probably be 100 percent by the time the game comes," he was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"I'm doing great, we are just working in a process."

Alabama coach Nick Saban said the quarterback was ahead of schedule in his recovery.

"I don't think he's 100 percent in terms of change of direction yet," Saban said.

"But he's already going 100 percent on the gravity treadmill. So he's been able to practice and he's made really, really good progress. So we're encouraged by that."