Tua’s plan: Alabama-bound in Jan.

Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another in a win over Kamehameha. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.
Saint Louis QB Tua Tagovailoa threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another in a win over Kamehameha. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

Saint Louis senior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa confirmed that he will graduate from Saint Louis early and depart for Alabama in January, according to a report today at SEC Country.

Tagovailoa is an oral commit to No. 1-ranked Alabama and will not visit other schools. The letter-of-intent signing day is in early February.

Saint Louis will play Kahuku on Saturday night in the Open Division final of the First Hawaiian Bank/HHSAA Football State Championships at Aloha Stadium.

Tagovailoa’s plan to complete his high education early allows him the winter and spring train with the Crimson Tide and enroll earlier than most incoming freshmen. Recent local players like Breiden Fehoko (Farrington/Texas Tech) and Canton Kaumatule (Punahou/Oregon) also took this route. Kamehameha senior kicker Adam Stack is another expected to enroll early (at Oregon) in January.

Tagovailoa told Hawaii Prep World in August that he still plans to return home for senior prom and walk with his classmates at Saint Louis on graduation day.


  1. TooMeke November 16, 2016 12:28 pm

    I look forward to watching this kid play at Bama.

    Good luck at the next level!

  2. MP November 16, 2016 1:10 pm

    I’m a HUGE Tua fan and wish him the best, but he’s going to sit behind Jalen Hurts (True Freshman) for at least 2 full seasons… Said this in another post, I truly believe the best place for him to go is Washington. Browning is a Soph and will probably go Pro after his Jr. Season. Tua would red shirt next season then start as a RS Freshman in 2018. Chris Petersen has the Huskies headed for great things! Most of all it’s closer to home.

  3. 88 November 16, 2016 1:20 pm

    Maybe just maybe the kid is going to Alabama for something other than football. Maybe he is just playing football to go to school rather than go to school to play football. I for one am happy he chose to keep his commitment to Alabama. That is a rare quality now a days.

  4. TheHeartlessPrick November 16, 2016 1:29 pm

    Gotta get the Gorilla off the back come Saturday.

  5. helflyer November 16, 2016 3:03 pm

    I think he might have a chance at Alabama and I’ll tell you why. If anyone knows Saban like I do, (not a bandwagoner) He plays the best and if you’re not the best come the start of the season, he won’t play you. Although I like Jalen Hurts a lot, He still doesn’t have the accuracy in his throws. If he did, the Bama games would all be blow outs. Saban has no problem putting people in the positions that’s best for the success of the team. You could see Hurts playing in another position with his speed and size. Good luck to Tua in the future but come Saturday, its all about the Red Raiders.


  6. MP November 16, 2016 4:07 pm

    88…… C’MON MAN….

  7. Hauula93 November 16, 2016 8:22 pm

    Congratulations to this kid.. He doing Hawaii proud.. I have much respect for this kid for going to the east coast to play on Saturdays. . Good luck tua man…
    Ps. Oregon is looking for a quarterback, just my opinion.. Perfect fit for his talent…

  8. Red Raider 4 Life November 17, 2016 4:30 am

    Big fan of ALL Hawaii kids at the next level, no matter what high school they played at. As for this young gentleman, only the best will do with the way he carries himself with class and humbleness. I look forward to following him when he plays for the Tide.

    I like the way Hurts plays, but he is not accurate with his throws, that is where I think Tua is better at, accuracy, and so I believe that Tua has a shot. Any which way though, Tua has a very bright future ahead of him. Good luck young man. God Speed.

    Go Big Red.

  9. Alpha November 17, 2016 4:44 am

    Alabama might win another natty (hope not) but Hurts won’t have a smooth offseason with the arrival of Tuaman. . . God speed young uce, good luck this weekend. . .

  10. f milo November 17, 2016 6:14 am

    Good luck to Tua but going to agree with others and say he’s going to the school that will not maximize his talents. There’s more concern for the coach who recruited him, Alabama’s OC, Lame Kitten. This guy has a history of sketchy promises and “oversigning” recruits then getting rid of them on false claims at SC & Tennessee. I agree with MP and say go to UW but that’s for selfish reasons. Again, much luck to Tua.

  11. fan 1 November 17, 2016 7:46 am

    God has a plan for Tua, Tua has put it in Gods hand & is going to ride it out, Tua will be very successful wherever he goes. His faith runs deep. heʻs been on a mission, watch come Saturday night, Tua will be on a mission to pass the word of God, believe in God & he will answer. Come out to support the Crusader Nation, give Tua & the Saints the backing they need, Good Luck & God bless…. Crusader Strong…. Rollʻem St. Louis

  12. Education First November 17, 2016 10:20 am

    If he wants to go to the NFL he should go to a University who can maximize his skills. Who was the last successful Alabama QB in the NFL?

    These are all the QB’s drafted in the NFL draft since 2006.

    2014 – AJ McCarron
    2011 – Greg McElroy
    2006 – Brodie Croyle

    Here is a list of most Alabama Starting QB’s since 2000. The list is not every impressive once they left college.
    Jake Coker – 2015
    Blake Sims – 2014e
    AJ McCarron – 2011 – 2013
    Greg McElroy – 2009 – 2010
    Brodie Croyle – 2002 – 2005
    Mark Guillon – 2004
    Spencer Pennington – 2004
    Brandon Avalos – 2003
    Tyler Watts – 2000 – 2002
    Andrew Zow – 1998 – 2000

  13. Alpha November 17, 2016 11:38 am

    @EducationFirst. . . That was my whole thing when I first heard about Tua and Bama. . . Same goes for Oregon, so far Mariota has been the exception. . .

  14. hwnstyll November 17, 2016 11:53 am

    Respect to the kid for his talents. I do not think Kiffin will be around come dec 15, he will be hired to coach against Saban somewhere(LSU?). Alabama is a racist State and a Racisit college, until Tua plays he will not be treated as a equal human being, I would never send my son to the south being of any color other than white. States on the West where minds are more open to all people of race. I was hoping to see you start for 3 years at UH and have your brother, redshirt, then start at UH for 3 years too.( both going pro early) Your family could have been so helpful to all the local kids for a decade more. Its not to late, tell UH if the hire JJ and promise you the job you will stay home where your community needs you. Best wishes to you where ever you go.

  15. ??? November 17, 2016 2:57 pm

    Wherever you choose, I wish you well young man. God Bless!!!

  16. GrassIsNeverGreeener November 17, 2016 3:33 pm

    As much as I want to support local talent, don’t get on the hype train Tua. If your goal is to make it to the NFL as a QB, then Alabama is not the right choice. I’d rather have you go to a school that does not have a QB where you can showcase your talent from the get go. If you have the grades, try Notre Dame or Stanford. You will have a better chance of starting. Additionally your college degree will be from a prestigious school.

  17. Pun Alum 95 November 17, 2016 11:28 pm

    Akili Smith of Oregon, lol

  18. f milo November 20, 2016 4:10 am

    @TheHeartlessPrick – Gorilla got slammed hahahaha enjoy your humble pie, braddah hahahaha

  19. High Tide January 13, 2017 4:43 am

    To hwnstyl …. Alabama is by far a non racist program. Evidently you were unaware that we had three quarterbacks 2 who were white one who was black. The African American quarterback Jalen hurts, was better than the two Caucasian males. So who do you think got that start? The best quarterback #2 Jalen Hurts. I believe Tua will be just as good, if not a better passer. I have been watching his film since I had first heard his name. I am a Die Hard Alabama fan I watched my first national title in 92 I was only eight years old when I seen the Alabama Crimson Tide win the national title over the Miami Hurricanes which were highly favored and we were the underdog. God has a plan for Tua as He does for Jalen. I believe both of them will be great quarterbacks for Alabama. Nobody knows when somebody will get hurt when somebody is down and needs their brother to lift them up. He knows and can see that he’s going to a good school and God has laid it on his heart to go to the University of Alabama and for that I can respect a man. RTR!……..prayers for all of you my brothers. Tua we’ll see you next year brother roll tide!

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