Tagovailoa smooth in front of media horde

by Nick Abramo on February 8, 2017

Tua Tagovailoa flew in from Alabama to be on the sidelines with friends and former teammates at the Jan. 21 Polynesian Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Tagovailoa was not able to participate in the bowl game because he is already enrolled at the University of Alabama. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Tua Tagovailoa flew in from Alabama to be on the sidelines with friends and former teammates at the Jan. 21 Polynesian Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Tagovailoa was not able to participate in the bowl game because he is already enrolled at the University of Alabama. Jamm Aquino / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Former Saint Louis quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, dressed in an Alabama/Nike polo shirt, entertained questions from a pack of Alabama media on signing day last week.

Tagovailoa was asked about everything from the change of culture to his view on where he stands in making it on to the field for the Crimson Tide next season.

The lefty quarterback, who led the Crusaders to the state title last season, has been taking classes at Alabama for four weeks.

In this six-plus minute video clip of the interview from AL.com, Tagovailoa says that the biggest eye-opener after arriving on campus was that “he’s not in high school anymore.”

Overall, Tagovailoa showed maturity in his answers and courtesy to those interviewing him.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

thnk1st February 9, 2017 at 9:22 am

Can you please stop reporting on the kids who decide to leave to represent another state and school. Can you focus on our State and those that have decided to rep HAWAII.
If anyone wants to follow them, they can check them out at their chosen school’s or area websites.

Searider86 February 9, 2017 at 7:32 pm

think1st,

Can you please leave this state, too? And take your DISDAIN for our Hawaii kids just trynna make something of themselves out in the world with you, lol! GEEZ!!

thnk1st February 9, 2017 at 10:24 pm

i have no problem with a kids choice. They made their choice, good for them, but we should be focusing on our State University. If anyone wants to get updates on their progress, just do it themselves and go to their university local news media to keep track of them. Hawaii newspaper should be for Hawaii news. Just want to promote UH and all those that support only D1 university. Again, nothing against any kid who decides to leave, its about supporting those that have chosen to rep UH and the state of Hawaii.
Why searider, do you have any pride or loyalty to UH or Hawaii, or are you part of the ainokea generation.

Ohcomeonalready February 10, 2017 at 12:04 am

I don’t agree with either. But if this website is going to be called HawaiiPrepWorld quit reporting on the kids that have graduated already. It’s annoying. Are things that boring with the kids left behind that we cant find anything else to write about. That includes talking about the kids who are at U.H. It’s nice they stay but there is a warriors blog that those interested can check out.

Leave this website to the kids who are still in high school. By the way, once a kid has a couple of scholarship offers… stop writing it up as an article. You’ve already created a recruiting page. Just update it there. Why continually write articles for the same kid for every offer it’s annoying.

Alpha February 10, 2017 at 10:59 am

@thnk1st you can start your own website and it could be UH all day everyday. As for myself I am interested in what happens to the “Hawaii Prep” that decides to step outside the state and explore other options that they were blessed to receive. As for representing other states? I personally haven’t seen that from any of the kids that left hawaii to play in the mainland, we’ve had 2 local Boys represent Hawaii pretty damn good during their Heisman runs. Even President Obama be reppin Hawaii during his term. As for the whole “generation ainokea” label, maybe it’s cause of UH homers like yourself turning these kids off to UH. So what generation you from? The locals should never leave island generation? Ha, times change. You homers are doing a great job at being just that, just remember that yall are NOT a coach, scout, recruiter, reporter, analyst, and especially a parent of these kids with mainland offers/opportunities, cause if you were then you would understand why UH may not be the first choice. . .

Searider86 February 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm

HAKUNAMATADA:)

thnk1st February 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm

alpha,i guess you can’t comprehend much. i’m not against kids leaving, I’m just against spending time on reports about them. I rather the local media spend time talking about what happening here at the university. tell me how press obama represented hawaii during his term. spending xmas here? is that it? what did he do for hawaii while he was in office? nada
he doesn’t even live here anymore. in fact after punahou, he dug out and never returned.
get your facts straight. what else did all the other people to for hawaii after they left. list them here.

Alpha February 11, 2017 at 10:41 am

@thnk1st. . . By what do you mean “represent”. . . Are you asking for a handout or somthing? Prez Obama never shy away from the fact that Hawaii is his home state. Is it against your law for the “local” media to keep up with the “local” people?. You bitch about a man who grad from Punahou and went on to be the leader of the free world just because of what??? Every where you look there’s coverage on UH, your getting anal because Hawaii Prep World reports on exactly that? The Hawaii Prep. You may not care what happens outside the islands and that’s your right, but making comments like”we should be focusing on our State University. If anyone wants to get updates on their progress, just do it themselves and go to their university local news media to keep track of them. Hawaii newspaper should be for Hawaii news. Just want to promote UH and all those that support only D1 university”. . . We may be on an island but not in a bubble. Their are actual readers like myself who want to know what’s going on out there, especially with the homegrown impact on a national level. So please, don’t tell people how to there job.

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