Former Kapolei quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa, who threw for 6,703 yards and 64 touchdowns in two seasons with the Hurricanes before transferring to a school in Alabama, was named the 2017 Shelby County Reporter Player of the Year on Thursday.
Tagovailoa, who went 12-1 as the starter for Thompson Academy in Alabaster, Ala., threw for 3,823 yards and 35 touchdowns to become the easy choice for the award by the local newspaper.
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His yardage total is the third-most in a single season in Alabama High School Athletic Association history and he did it just months after making the move from the islands.
Thompson went 5-5 last year and won its first 12 games of this season before a loss in the state semifinals.
Tagovailoa’s offer sheet now consists of Alabama, Hawaii, Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Syracuse and Utah.
He is listed as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 307 overall player in the country in the class of 2019 per 247Sports.
His older brother, Tua, is a freshman at Alabama.
Taulia has thrown for 10,526 yards and 99 touchdowns with his senior year of high school football to go. His yardage total is already more than 2,000 yards ahead of Tua, who holds the Hawaii career record of 8,158 yards.