Report: NCAA makes decision on Maryland QB Taulia Tagovailoa's waiver
The NCAA has come to a decision on the eligibility of new Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Tagovailoa has had his waiver granted for the 2020 season.
It’s huge news for the Terrapins, who were left with just one scholarship quarterback available for the 2020 season after head coach Mike Locksley announced that Josh Jackson is opting out of the season. Locksley also said that Jackson’s college football career was “probably” over.
Taulia Tagovailoa’s transfer waiver has been approved by the NCAA and the former Alabama QB is immediately eligible to play at Maryland, per source. Attorney John Long handled family’s case over last three months, and Maryland coach Mike Locksley was notified of the news today.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 7, 2020
Tagovailoa transferred to Maryland after spending just one season at Alabama. He left after his brother, Tua, opted to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft and leave the Crimson Tide.
Now, Tagovailoa could earn his way into an immediate starting job with the Terrapins, who have lost last year’s starter in Jackson and saw multi-year player Tyrrell Pigrome decide to transfer with a year of eligibility remaining.
During the offseason, Tagovailoa’s commitment was huge news for the Terrapins, especially with 5-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett flipping from LSU to Maryland during the 2020 recruiting cycle. It’s a perfect combination in an offense that Locksley hopes will be high-powered this season.