Standout Cali junior OL has three on top

OL Viane Talamaivao

Corona (Calif.) Centennial had one of the state's best offensive lines this past year and that distinction comes despite losing their standout junior Viane Talamaivao early in the year.

Viane Talamaivao picked up his first scholarship offer from UCLA before he even played a down as a sophomore. This past summer, the talented guard prospect earned OL MVP honors at the SoCal NIKE Camp and was primed for a big junior season.

"I fractured my foot back in October and I had to sit out the rest of the season," Talamaivao said. "I'll be back for the spring but I'm still in a walking boot right now. It has been painful to watch this season, especially with how good we've been playing.

"We're playing De La Salle this weekend and just watching the great run our team has been on and knowing I can't be either to help has been very tough. I'm very proud of the team though, they all came together and have played great. Selfishly I wish I could be out there with them but I'm still happy for my guys."

Along with UCLA, Talamaivao has landed offers from Colorado, Utah, Washington, Mississippi and Washington State.

"If I had to name a top three right now, it would probably be UCLA, Ole Miss and Washington," Talamaivao said. "UCLA offered me so early, thank you Rick Neuheisel, and then the new staff told me that my offer was still valid. It's the hometown school, I like the program a lot and the direction the team is going. I went to the game with USC and I had a great time.

Ole Miss is in the SEC and that's a big time conference. I would have no problem leaving the area so I want to check them out for sure. Washington is another great school that has been recruiting me hard and I like the coaches. I'm going to try and visit there in the summer if I can.

"Right now, I have no plans to make an early commitment anywhere. I plan to take all five of my trips and wait until the last possible minute before I commit anywhere. I want to experience the whole recruiting process and have fun with it before I do anything."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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