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Alabama quarterback commit Taulia Tagovailoa explains Tennessee visit

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Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers made some headlines last month, convincing top 2019 quarterback prospect Taulia Tagovailoa to take a visit to Knoxville. This was pretty big news, considering who Taulia’s brother is, along with his commitment to Alabama.

Pruitt has brought strong recruiting ties to Knoxville and already has the Vols’ off and running on the trail. If anyone could convince the younger Tagovailoa to flip from Alabama, it’s probably him.

That still remains as a strong outside chance, however. Taulia spoke at The Opening over the weekend and confirmed his firm commitment to Alabama.

“Yeah, I’m 100 percent committed to Alabama,” Taulia said at The Opening. “I feel good about my commitment to Alabama,” he said. “Going to Tennessee, it was great. We’re real close to Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt and Coach Tyson. Going there, it I was a lot of fun.” (Via

Tagovailoa also mentioned that his father was the one who was pushing to visit Tennessee.

Since his visit, Tennessee has picked up a commitment from three-star quarterback Brian Maurer, who chose the Vols over West Virginia and Ohio State last week. Alabama has also picked up another arm in that timeframe, gaining a commitment from four-star Paul Tyson last week.

Tagovailoa is also rated as a four-star recruit. He is the nation’s 7th ranked pocket passer and the 149th ranked player in the 2019 class overall, according to 247 Sports. The 5-11, 203 pound quarterback threw for over 3,800 yards and 36 touchdowns last season as a junior.

Tennessee’s chances are likely slim here, but Pruitt is hanging around just in case.