And Talavou made no bones about his leader. "UCLA is in the lead. If they offered, I'd probably commit there," he said.
While the Bruins lead for his services, Washington State is making a strong push as well, thanks to some family ties. "My brother Kelly plays at Idaho and its only a few minutes away from Washington State. He said if I went there we could live together."
The Cougars have offered Talavou, along with Oregon and San Diego State, and those three along with UCLA are his top four.
Talavou attended the UCLA Spring Game and enjoyed it. "I got to see some of the incoming players and talk with them, like Michael Pitre. It was great, getting to see the campus and seeing the coaches." Talavou said Coach Axman and Coach Johnson were recruiting him and both were "cool guys." He is also enjoying every minute of the recruiting. "It's been a dream of mine since I was little to get recruited so I could play college football," he said. "I want to enjoy the process, find the right school where I am comfortable, since I am going to spend the next four years there. But I also want to make sure I go someplace that I really like, where I won't get homesick."
While Talavou is getting a lot of looks as a defensive tackle, he prefers to be on the offensive side of the ball. He said, "I want to play offensive tackle. I mean, I'll play wherever they want me to play, but I prefer OT."
For now, Talavou plans to attend the UCLA and San Diego State camps, then will focus his attention on his senior year. "We are looking pretty good. But Los Alamitos, they are real good."
Talavou has a 2.4 GPA and will take the SAT this spring.