Alabama offers Taulia Tagovailoa, too

Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffen called the Tagovailoa family today to extend a scholarship offer to Kapolei sophomore quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffen called the Tagovailoa family today to extend a scholarship offer to Kapolei sophomore quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa. Bruce Asato / Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

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.”

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COMMENTS

  1. 87 July 30, 2016 2:27 pm

    Some say that a united conference with the ILH and OIA aka Super Conference would help with exposure of our kids but this proves that Scholarhips are earned through connections and off season camps. Current seperated conferences seem just fine.


  2. Hman! July 30, 2016 3:39 pm

    Shole! Just go grind 88! Lmao


  3. 88 July 30, 2016 3:56 pm

    He wish……


  4. 87 July 30, 2016 3:58 pm

    shhhhhh! us Mahuuuus stick togetta!


  5. Chloropicrin July 30, 2016 7:34 pm

    Orients might have to invest in some property in AL.


  6. Chloropicrin July 30, 2016 7:35 pm

    *Parents…damn fat fingers / spell check.


  7. The Red Sea July 31, 2016 9:04 am

    This is the new norm for college ball. The bigs come in and throw offers early. By the time commits are on the clock, a team like Alabama has maybe the top 10 players at each position.


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