Former Alabama QB Taulia Tagovailoa announces transfer decision

Nov 30, 2019; Auburn, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (5) looks to pass during warm-ups before the game between the Auburn Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Just a week after entering his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal, former Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa has announced where he will be heading next to play football.

On Friday night, Tagovailoa announced that he is transferring to the Maryland Terrapins. It marks another huge recruiting win for head coach Mike Locksley, pulling in one of the most talented players on the transfer market this offseason.

Taulia, the brother of Tua Tagovailoa, was a four-star recruit in the 2019 recruiting class. He followed his brother to Alabama and even saw limited playing time this past season, throwing for 100 yards and a touchdown on just 12 attempts.

Once Tua declared for the 2020 NFL Draft and Alabama signed five-star quarterback Bryce Young, a transfer seemed inevitable for Taulia. While he leaves behind a great program at Alabama, he could see even greater opportunities at Maryland.

Taulia will be reuniting with Locksley, who played a key role in recruiting the young quarterback to Alabama. Now that Locksley is back at Maryland and running the program, he is quickly starting to put together a team with a promising future.

It remains to be seen if Taulia will apply for immediate eligibility for the 2020 season with the NCAA and getting approval is uncertain. If he can’t take the field at quarterback for the upcoming season, Maryland can at least feel confident knowing it has its starting quarterback for the future.