Tagovailoa wins player of the year award in Alabama

Former Kapolei quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was named the player of the year in Shelby County as a junior at Thompson Academy in Alabaster, Ala. In three years of high school football, Tagovailoa has thrown for 10,526 yards and 99 touchdowns. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

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.

Here’s their full story.

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.


  1. Kaipo K Keohuhu December 14, 2017 11:55 pm

    Congratulations you must make your Parents really proud! From when I first saw your brother play I knew he was going to be great then when I saw you in Kapolei Highschool you impressed me even more! Again Congrats n keep up the Great Work!

  2. Mason December 15, 2017 10:46 am

    You’ve heard it here first, this kid is trying to come back to Hawaii and play at Kailua with Coach Hauoli Wong. Unreal!

  3. ilh December 15, 2017 11:08 am

    You heard it here first-

    Taulia is coming back and playing for Kaiser!!


  4. Knation December 15, 2017 4:10 pm

    If ever to where he grew up playing for and that’s for the orange and black.

  5. PlayaHatersAnonymous December 16, 2017 10:29 am

    Can someone tell me why the hell would he be moving back here to compete in schools that are lackluster of talented receivers who he needs to get yards after catches or at most catch the dang ball? You have non at Kailua, Kaiser is a big no brainer, and Campbell has 1 sophomore receiver who is not consistent when you double him he’s not a game breaker? It only leaves the schools of receivers which would be St. Louis. That would mean the family must be pulling Tua out of Alabama to come home and sling the rock to defend the rock! It’s better he sits out next (sophomore) season so he can play his 2 yrs vs. sitting out and hope to play his Sr. yr which will have younger and faster players recruited to win a job at the helm! To all you UH Warriors fans stay praying! Why do we even care about kids who are performing in other states, write about our kids here in Hawaii, I hate brown nosing reports!

  6. TheTruth December 16, 2017 11:28 am

    He gonna play at Ole miss or Oklahoma St! #HawaiiQB’sOnTheRise

  7. Coach C December 16, 2017 11:49 am

    Small kine misleading. Shelby County is NOT Alabama Player of the Year. No discredit to him. Also Jalen Hurt will not be replaced unless injured. So after this season, Tua should bolt.NOT to Hawaii. Also if Taulia comes back, cmon folks, St.Louis excepts first year seniors even if they don’t recruit. But you gotta be really,really,really good.

  8. Recruit dis December 17, 2017 11:11 pm

    Guarantee he won’t be at St. Louis . If you think the competition is better where he’s at then why aren’t any teams in there division ranked higher then St. Louis . Watched couple games and the only good team was the one that beat them in the playoffs. I thought the top teams in Hawaii was better.

  9. The Real Coach January 8, 2018 7:40 pm

    Hey Coach C what was that about Jalen getting replaced ?

  10. Coach A January 14, 2018 7:21 am

    Coach C……….. you were saying

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