Last month, Taulia Tagovailoa -- the younger brother of Tua -- committed to play for the University of Alabama football team next season.
Taulia, who is going into his senior year of high school, plays the same position as Tua does, but Tua doesn't believe that sibling rivalry on the field will get in the way of something he’s looking forward to the most: A stronger relationship.
“I think just him being there, I think he’s going to have a lot to learn first, but it’ll be a good opportunity for me and my brother to build that relationship as well,” Tua said.
#BREAKING: Thompson HS quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa (@tauliaa12), younger brother of #Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, has committed to play for the Tide! #RollTide @WARRIORNATION20 @coachmarkf @Tuaamann_ @AL7AFootball @AndrewJBone @TideSports #ALpreps pic.twitter.com/VIRV3FLNub— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) April 21, 2018
Taulia’s decision to commit to the Crimson Tide might have been a surprise to some. After all, the Crimson Tide still has Jalen Hurts, a junior next season, and Tua, a sophomore this fall.
But perhaps no one was more surprised by Taulia’s commitment more than his older brother.
WATCH: Had the privilege of being a "media coach" at #Alabama's A-Day where I had an unexpected conversation with Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (@Tuaamann_) about his younger brother Taulia committing to play for Bama. Didn't mean to break the news! @CBS_42 #RollTide pic.twitter.com/EGlcXulBjd— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) April 22, 2018
While it’s unlikely Taulia will unseat Tua and Hurts as the starter next season from the Crimson Tide, he’s still one of the best quarterback prospects in the country.
Tagovailoa ranks as the No. 6 pro-style quarterback and the No. 204 overall player in the country, per 247Sports Composite rankings. In his first season leading the Thompson Warriors offense after transferring from Kapolei High School last fall, Tagovailoa passed for 3,820 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Practicing alongside his brother will be special for Tua, who is looking forward to taking his younger brother under his wing to start off his college career.
“We’re close, but I think him coming and learning the system and what not, understanding mistakes that I make that he can learn from, that’ll help him,” he said.
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