Thompson senior and Alabama quarterback commit Taulia Tagovailoa has been named the nation’s best high school back by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta.
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Tagovailoa — the younger brother of Alabama starter Tua Tagovailoa — threw for more than 3,700 yards and 35 touchdowns this season, leading Thompson to a runner-up finish in Class 7A. The Touchdown Club of Atlanta announced Tagovailoa as the Bobby Dodd National Back of the Year Award on Twitter.
Tagovailoa was selected over the other five finalists — Destrahan (La.) running back John Emery, an LSU commit; uncommitted Lausanne Collegiate (Tenn.) running back Eric Gray; Notre Dame Prep (Ariz.) receiver Jake Smith, an Texas commit; and Dunham-Baton Rouge (La.) athlete Derek Singley, an LSU commit.
The Bobby Dodd Lineman of the Year Award winner is Horn Lake (Miss.)’s Nakobe Dean, an uncommitted linebacker who is considering Alabama and Auburn. He is scheduled to make his commitment public on Wednesday, the first day of college football’s early signing period.
Dean is playing in tonight’s Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Tagovailoa was selected for the game, but he could not play because of injury. LSU commit and Central-Phenix City quarterback Peter Parrish replaced Tagovailoa on the roster.
Tagovailoa is one of two quarterbacks on Alabama’s list of 2019 commitments. The other is Hewitt-Trussville’s Paul Tyson, the great-grandson of Paul “Bear” Bryant who has already joined the team for bowl practices.