Lineman Prospect Leo Talavou

Fountain Valley (Calif.) offensive lineman <b>Leo Talavou</b> looks like one of the top five players at his position on the West Coast. He was rated the top OL at the SoCal Nike Camp, and after a strong showing at ASU's recent one-day camp, received a nice present in the mail...

Leo Talavou, 6-3, 318 pounds, is a mammoth lineman who looks like a prototype guard prospect. He's a mauler who has great strength and can man-handle opposing linemen at the high school level.

Talavou clocked a 4.77 in the shuttle and did 25 reps on the bench at the SoCal Nike Camp, but it was in the position and one-on-one drills where he really shined. He dominated every linemen he faced at the camp and was regarded by the majority of the line coaches as the top offensive lineman of the day.

Talavou took in Arizona State's one-day camp two weeks ago and said he left with a very strong impression of the Sun Devils.

"I loved it there," Talavou said. "They have a great campus. The facilities, and especially the weight room, are incredible. I felt I did really good there and then the following Wednesday, they sent me a Fed-Ex letter offering me a scholarship. ASU is definitely one of my top schools right now."

Washington State and San Diego State have also offered Talavou and he's hearing from Colorado and most of the Pac 10 schools as well.

"I'm going to camp at Arizona in two weeks and I'll probably attend UCLA's camp for a day or so too the following weekend," Talavou said.

Talavou also said UCLA was his childhood favorite, but he wants to keep his options open now and is hoping to take all of his trips before he makes his decision.

"I like ASU, UCLA, Colorado and Washington State right now," Talavou said. "I had a great time at ASU, it's a real good school. UCLA is recruiting me hard. They invited me to their Junior Day but it was the same day as ASU's camp. Colorado looks like a great school from all the stuff they send me and I would like to visit there. Washington State is intriguing because my brother (Kelly) plays at Idaho and that's close to Pullman so that's something I'm looking strongly at."

Much has been said about Talavou's academics and he admits he has some work to do. "My GPA is a little low right now but I'm doing better and I have no doubt I'll qualify," Talavou said. "My first couple of years, I struggled a little and never realized I would have the kind of opportunities with football that I now have. I'm a lot more focused now and I'm going to take summer school so I can replace some of my grades with better ones. I'm taking the ACT this weekend and I'm planning to take the SAT later in the summer as well."

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