Five Alabama signees competed in the Polynesian Bowl on Saturday in Hawaii and all showed a small sample of what they can do.
Taulia Tagovailoa, DeMarcco Hellams, Khris Bogle, Trey Sanders and Jahleel Billingsley represented Alabama. Bogle and Sanders suited up for Team Makai and Hellams, Billingsley and Tagovailoa suited up for Team Mauka. Team Makai won 27-7.
Tagovailoa finished 13-of-24 for 266 yards and one touchdown. He also threw two interceptions.
— Polynesian Bowl (@polynesiabowl) January 20, 2019
The Hawaiin native was awarded the High School Polynesian Co-Player of the year award on Saturday. The award is awarded annually to the best high school football player of Polynesian ancestry.
Hellams, a 2019 defensive back, spent most of the game at the safety position. He made a couple of tackles and showed he can play pretty much anywhere in the defensive backfield.
Billingsley, a 2019 tightend, caught one pass for 20 yards, which he got a chance to show he is a receiving tight end first. One of his passing targets did result in a Tagovailoa interception. Bogle, a weak-side defensive end, may have been the most impressive of the five as he accounted for multiple tackles and showed his ability to set the edge.
Trey Sanders, Tide 5-Star RB signee, got a chance to show his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and tenacious running style. Although, his only touchdown was called back for a penalty.
— West Coast Tide Fans (@WCTideFans) January 20, 2019
This is the last high school football game for all five recruits. The next time they suit up will be in Tuscaloosa.
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Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith