The quarterback battle that will continue in Tuscaloosa this fall is going to be all the talk this Summer as Jalen hurts and Tua Tagovailoa fight it out to be the No. 1 guy. Sure, Nick Saban and company would rather be in an easier situation, where they have only one obvious choice, but they are not so lucky. Hopefully, the Tide will have the questions surrounding the quarterback position answered by the beginning of the season, but here is something to keep an eye on. They could soon be in this very position a couple years from now as they have verbal commitments from two 4-Star quarterbacks in their 2019 recruiting class.
Both of those guys have connections to Alabama as one of them is the brother of Tua Tagovailoa, Taulia Tagovailoa, and the other is the great-grandson of Paul Bear Bryant, Paul Tyson. These guys both have traits that make them great players. Here is a breakdown of both guys.
Tyson is a guy with great size at 6-feet-4-inches and 217 pounds. He is great at play action and rolling out of the pocket as he knows how to square up his shoulders and deliver excellent throws. The most impressive thing about this guy is his ability to put the ball where only his guy can get it. This is the very reason why he only threw four interceptions and 34 touchdowns during his junior season. Tyson is also not afraid to throw the ball into tight spaces. He has on many occasions put the ball in perfect position within zone coverage. These traits should help him translate to the next level very easily.
Tagovailoa made a name for himself inside the state of Alabama even before his brother did. It happen on Oct. 27 when he led his team to a victory over eventual state champions and powerhouse, Hoover High School. The game was won on a 99-yard drive that was capped off by a 12-yard touchdown pass delivered by Tagovailoa. It was Thompson High School’s first win over Hoover in 21 attempts. This guy is a magician in the pocket. He keeps his feet moving at all time, making it very difficult for defensive lineman to get their hands on him. He is very good on the run as he keeps his eyes downfield at all times. This enables him to throw the ball at the very last second. Taulia, like his brother, is very exciting to watch. He could be another great play caller for the Tide.
Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith