COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Sophomore quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa and sophomore defensive lineman Joseph Boletepeli have been granted immediate eligibility from the NCAA, it was announced Aug. 7. Both Tagovailoa and Boletepeli will have three years of eligibility with the Terps.
Tagovailoa arrived at Maryland from Alabama where he finished 9-of-12 for 100 yards in five games played during the 2019 season in which the Crimson Tide went 11-2 and won the Citrus Bowl.
Before enrolling at Alabama, Tagovailoa was a unanimous four-star prospect, rated as the No. 4 pro-style quarterback in the 2019 class by 247Sports and PrepStar. He rewrote the Alabama high school record books, becoming the only quarterback in state history to have at least four 400-yard passing performances in his career, throwing for 3,728 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior at Thompson High School in Alabama. Tagovailoa led Thompson to the 2018 Class 7A state championship and was selected to the Class 7A All-State first team in 2017.
The Ewa Beach, Hawaii native is the younger brother of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who was selected fifth overall in the 2020 NFL Draft after leading Alabama to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship with Locksley serving as the co-offensive coordinator.
Boletepeli, a 6-foot-4, 262 pound defensive lineman, arrives at Maryland from NC State, where he saw action in three games in 2018, playing 32 total snaps and tallying two tackles.
A three-star prospect out of Heritage High School in Raleigh, N.C., Boletepeli totaled over 200 career tackles, 60 tackles for loss and 21 sacks in his high school career. He was a two-time Northern 4A all-conference selection and helped lead Heritage to the NC 4A state quarterfinals and finish 12-2 in 2018.
Tagovailoa, Boletepeli and the Terps are slated to open up the 2020 season Sept. 5 at Iowa.
— Maryland Athletics press release
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