Oceanside calls a portion of their fall conditioning, "Hell Week." Roberto Wallace said he was sore all over. What did Tialavea have to say about it?
"It's not too bad. The summer went pretty good. I worked on my strength. I needed to get stronger, pretty much my upper body. I'm good with my legs," Tialavea said.
Tialavea is now up to eight or nine offers and is now setting up his official visits. "I set up two visits so far. I am going to Nebraska on September 4. I'm going to BYU on the 18th."
It's pretty simple for Tialavea when it comes to what he is looking for in a school. He is looking at the football program and at the possibility of early playing time.
At one time it was thought that Kansas State and BYU were early leaders from Tialavea. He has backed off of that idea though right now and is leaving it open until after he takes his visits.
Coach Bill Busch is recruiting Tialavea as well as the other southern California area. "He's cool. He writes me a lot. I have spoken to him twice."
Music to Tialavea's ears from Nebraska has been the selling pitch of early playing time and being open to him playing both sides of the football. "He said that the coaching staff is always fighting over which side of the ball I should play."
Although asking Tialavea directly about which position he'd rather play in college would get you an "I don't care", the fact of the matter is he does prefer one over the other. "I like defense better. But, I'll play offense too."
Nebraska hasn't said specifically which side of the ball they like Russell on the best. They insist that he could play either and probably play early on both sides of the ball.