Last April, Corona (Calif.) Centennial 2014 offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao started to generate some buzz when he was named his positional MVP at the SoCal Nike Football Training Camp.
Shortly after, the 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman picked up his first offer from UCLA. That momentum has continued, as Talamaivao earned two more offers from Washington and Colorado last week.
"I had been in contact with Washington a lot lately, and Colorado had been sending me some stuff. I hadn't talked with them since the Spring, when they came out to see me and the offensive line coach had offered me verbally, but last week their head coach, Jon Embree, came down and let me know it was official," he said.
Talamaivao is also receiving heavy interest from other programs around the country, including Notre Dame, Michigan, Arizona, Oregon, California, Stanford, and Arizona State; coaches from the latter four programs have all been by the high school.
"Oregon is probably recruiting me the hardest right now. I've been talking to Steve Greatwood, their offensive line coach. He actually came down to see me and told me he would be keeping an eye on me this season. He said he wants me to come down and take a visit, which I plan on doing," he said.
He will head to South Bend this weekend to check out the Irish and has also been staying in touch with his recruiter at UCLA, offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.
"I'm keeping tabs on UCLA. I'm going to check out a game, go say hi to the staff. I was supposed to go to the Nebraska game but something came up. I'll definitely go check out the crosstown rivalry, when UCLA plays USC," he said.
For now, however, no particular program is standing out to the talented player, who is just enjoying the process.
"Every school stands out to me at this point. No one school has a clear advantage over another; they are all great programs and I would love to be a part of any of them. Honestly, I just feel blessed. I never thought I would be at this level right now; it's a very humbling experience," he said.
In addition to handling his recruitment, Talamaivao is working to get better on the field and says he can see a big improvement from his sophomore to junior season.
"I've gotten up to speed on how the game should be played. Last year I played like a sophomore, I played like a young guy. I was just out there. Now I've really gotten a grasp for how the game should be played at my position, especially since I am trying to take it to a higher level.
"It's more of a mental thing for me, the way I have developed and learned how to play. I've graduated from the mindset of just being happy to be out there to now, where it's time to take care of business and go make things happen," he said.
He's also putting in the time to work hard to improve even further.
"I've been working on footwork, which is something you can always improve. I'm also working on hands, pad level, and being more and more aggressive as the season goes on," he said.
A versatile player, Talamaivao has played a number of positions on the line this season, but feels like there is one spot in particular in which he really stands out.
"I'm playing on a couple of different spots on the line this year. I'm playing center, I've played both guard positions and both tackle positions. The last game I actually played both guard and tackle on both sides, so they are throwing me around everywhere. I think guard is where I feel most comfortable and where I play my best football," he said.
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