Taulia Tagovailoa is attending the Kapolei football team’s camp this weekend, so he might not even know at this moment that Saturday morning, the Alabama Crimson Tide offered him a scholarship.
“We got a call from (Crimson Tide offensive coordinator) Lane Kiffin this morning and he told me they want to make an offer to Taulia,” said Galu Tagovailoa, Taulia’s father. “Lane told me that he wanted Taulia to be a part of their family.”
It might not be a tough decision for Taulia, who is about one week away from starting his sophomore campaign as the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes, to be part of that family, either. His brother, star Saint Louis senior-to-be quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, committed in May to play for head coach Nick Saban at Alabama next season.
On Saturday morning, Galu Tagovailoa called Darren Hernandez, the Kapolei head coach, and offensive coordinator June Jones with the news.
“I asked Darren to tell Taulia (about the offer), but he wanted him to wait until the end of camp on Sunday so I could tell him,” Galu said. “I told Darren (sarcastically), ‘You’re the cause of this, so YOU are going to tell him. He questioned it: ‘You want me to tell him?’ He said, ‘We have a meeting at 1 p.m., so when that is done I will make the announcement to the whole team.’ ”
One of Hernandez’s goals as a head coach is to get as many of his players into college and to give them a chance to play at that level.
“June Jones and Darren are probably Taulia’s two biggest fans,” Galu said. “And I know June had a lot to do with this, too. He’s a good friend of Nick Saban’s. He (June) hasn’t told me that he’s done anything like that (speaking to Saban on behalf of Taulia), but I know he does.
“We as parents really appreciate what Darren and June do for us and what they’ve done for others.”