Big news hit the college football world over the weekend, as Alabama quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa entered his name in the NCAA transfer portal. He is the brother of ex-Crimson Tide starting QB Tua Tagovailoa.
With the younger Tagovailoa hitting the transfer portal, there’s been some speculation that he would follow his brother to the state of Florida, and potentially even Miami. Tua was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the fifth overall selection.
If the schools in Florida aren’t an option for Tagolvailoa, though, one recruiting analyst says that there’s a B1G school that could be a strong contender to land the highly-touted quarterback. That one program is Maryland.
“Maryland is a natureal fit for Taulia Tagovailoa,” said 247Sports’ Chris Hummer. “The Terps need QB help and the family has a strong relationship with Mike Locksley.”
Maryland is a natural fit for Taulia Tagovailoa. The Terps need QB help and the family has a strong relationship with Mike Locksley.
— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) May 8, 2020
Locksley was an assistant coach at Alabama for three seasons before taking the head coaching job at Maryland. He moved from offensive analyst in 2016 to co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach in 2017 and finished out his run with the Tide as the offensive coordinator in 2018.
The younger Tagovailoa was not around Tuscaloosa until after Locksley departed, but the Maryland head coach was the coordinator for his brother, building that strong relationship. Tagovailoa was a four-star quarterback per 247Sports, and would be a big addition for the Terrapins.
During his short time at Maryland, Locksley has done an excellent job on the recruiting front. He’s been able to secure a handful of blue-chip prospects, including five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett. Tagovailoa would have some weapons if he decided to head to College Park.
While there’s a good chance that a Florida school is a destination to be close to family for Tagovailoa, Maryland may get a serious look from the Alabama quarterback.