The Polynesian Hall of Fame has named Taulia Tagovailoa of Thompson High School in Alabama and Puka Nacua of Orem High in Utah as its Co-Players of the Year.
Tagovailoa, of Samoan Ancestry, was ranked nationally as the No. 5 Pro-Style quarterback in the Class of 2019. He led the Thompson Warriors to their first-ever championship game appearance. Tagovailoa passed for 3,728 yards with 35 passing touchdowns, while rushing for 417 yards and six more touchdowns. He’s already signed with Alabama where he will join his younger brother Tua.
Nacua, of Samoan Ancestry, was ranked as the No. 2 overall player in Utah in the Class of 2019. He led the Orem Tigers to a 12-2 season and the Utah state championship game. He set the Utah state record for receptions (103), receiving yards (2,336) and receiving touchdowns (26). His 2,336 receiving yards are the fifth most all-time in a single season nationally.
Nacua has given his verbal commitment to USC.
Nacua and Tagovailoa were selected from a group of five finalists — RB George Holani (St. Bosco High School, CA), LB Henry To’oto’o (De La Salle High School, CA) and DT Faatui Tuitele(St. Louis High School, HI).