Taulia Tagovailoa claims he was offered 7 figures to transfer to SEC program
Taulia Tagovailoa has been a star for Maryland since transferring to the Terrapins in 2020. However, he recently revealed he was pursued for a potential transfer this offseason.
While at B1G Media Days, Tagovailoa claimed he was offered “crazy money” this offseason, according to The Athletic’s Audrey Snyder. When Tagovailoa was pressed on what “crazy money” can look like, he said he was offered $1.5 million on behalf of an SEC program should he transfer in the offseason.
Tagovailoa ultimately stayed put with the Terrapins but called the situation “eye-opening.” He also said it would have been a different situation depending on his parents or the fact that he has a brother playing in the NFL.
Maryland fans will certainly be happy to hear Tagovailoa is back for the 2023 season after he has thrown for over 6,800 yards with 44 touchdowns in the past 2 seasons. Tagovailoa also received preseason B1G honors at Media Days.
While playing in Mike Locksley’s offense, Tagovailoa has set program records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns. His 3,860 passing yards in 2021 are also a single-season record for the Terrapins and his 26 touchdowns are tied for the most in one season for the program.
Trying to determine the potential SEC program involved is futile, but a number of programs in the conference have ongoing QB battles. Some of those programs include Florida and Auburn with both of those programs adding former starters from the B1G.
The Gators added Wisconsin’s Graham Mertz out of the portal while former Michigan State starter Payton Thorne transferred to Auburn ahead of 2023. Alabama — where Taulia began his career and brother Tua Tagovailoa starred — also has a QB battle and added former Notre Dame starter, Tyler Buchner.