Alabama lands elite OL

New offensive line coach Mario Cristobal has already paid divedends for Alabama on the recruiting trail, but he may have made his biggest splash yet with the commitment of Viane Talamaivao. The news went public on Thursday, and the Crimson Tide has it's first class of 2014 offensive line commitment in the fold.

For a four-star prospect, Viane Talamaivao had a quiet recruitment.

Part of it could have been because of his laid back nature, and the other part was because he actually lost his phone recently and was cut-off to most that followed him outside of by means of social media and/or in person.

So when the original word came down that the Corona (Calif.) Centennial talent had given his verbal pledge to his recently-named favorite Alabama, it took some time to confirm the news.

Scout was able to do so on Thursday evening.

"Yes i did (commit), it was supposed to be silent between my coach, and my family and the Alabama staff, but somehow word got out," Talamaivao told's Marshall Cherrington. "So here it is! Lol, media always manages to find out somehow."

The No. 8 offensive guard on FOX Sports NEXT/, Talamaivao had offers from all over the country and he knows schools won't pull back on courting him now that his name is on the Alabama commitment list.

"You know, man I'm committed verbally, so as far as schools willing to continue to recruit me, I'm cool with that," he added. "Washington is up there."

The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder, who was offered by USC most recently, plans on taking all five of his official visits later this fall despite his status.

But Alabama pulled ahead this spring thanks in big-part to new offensive line coach Mario Cristobal and it was enough to secure a commitment. will have more from Talamaivao as it becomes available.

Highlights of the four-star's junior season are available below.

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