VIDEO: Tua Tagovailoa, Super Soph

Tua Tagovailoa offers instruction at a weekly skills clinic run by his father, Galu, at Ewa Beach Community Park. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.
Tua Tagovailoa offers instruction at a weekly skills clinic run by his father, Galu, at Ewa Beach Community Park. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.
Tua Tagovailoa of Saint Louis was a Star-Advertiser all-state second-team selection as a sophomore. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser
Tua Tagovailoa of Saint Louis was a Star-Advertiser all-state second-team selection as a sophomore. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser

As a middle schooler commuting from Ewa Beach to Saint Louis for school and Sunday clinic sessions with QBs coach Vinnie Passas, Tua Tagovailoa understood the work ethic required to improve. A talented, humble star-in-the-making named Marcus Mariota took him under his wing. Tagovailoa kept getting better, and by the time he emerged as a starter last fall, he was a key component in one of the state’s top offenses.

Tua is still just a sophomore, but as of mid-April of 2015, he has packed on 25 pounds since last season. He has begun to make unofficial visits to mainland universities, and he has 12 scholarship offers in hand — a rarity for a skill-position player from the islands. Mariota helped open the door, but Tagovailoa is stampeding through.

PART 1: Ewa Beach Roots


PART 2: Russell Wilson

PART 3: Crusader Comeback


PART 4: The List is 12


PART 5; Staying Grounded

PART 6: By Land and Air

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