Bruins Pursuing Talamaivao

The Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman, Viane Talamaivao, getting plenty of attention, including a lot of attention from UCLA and a new offer from the national champions...

Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive guard Viane Talamaivao (6-3, 315), is sitting on 11 offers with the spring quickly approaching.

None were bigger than the one he got on Thursday afternoon.

"Viane just got offered by Nick Saban and Alabama today," said his father, Chris.

The Tide had been interested in Talamaiavo for some time before pulling the trigger and offering on Thursday.

They join a big list of schools.

"I've also gotten offers from BYU, UCLA, Ole Miss, Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, Utah State, Cal, Washington and Washington State," said Talamaivao.

Talamaivao said a new handful of schools are also expressing interest in him, and more offers could materialize in the coming weeks.

"I've been hearing a lot more from Tennessee, USC, Florida State, Oregon, Texas A&M, TCU, Wisconsin and Nebraska," said Talamaivao.

Talamaivao was at USC's Junior Day over the weekend, and had a good time there.

"It was cool and it was a good trip," said Talamaivao. "I spent the whole day there. I thought they might offer me, but Coach (James) Cregg and Coach (Mike) Summers said to stand by. Coach Summers just got there so I think after he's been there a while, they may be offering soon."

Talamaivao has also been over to crosstown rival UCLA on numerous occasions, and the Bruins are one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.

"I'd say Ole Miss, Washington, USC and UCLA are recruiting me pretty hard," said Talamaivao. "UCLA offered me as a sophomore and then Coach (Adrian) Klemm offered me again when he got there."

Talamaivao, who was the OL MVP at the Los Angeles NFTC last spring, missed much of his senior year with a foot injury, but said he's fully recovered.

"The foot's good and it feels good," said Talamaivao. "I'm ready to get to more schools and some camps."

Talamaivao said most programs like him as an inside lineman.

"They like me at guard or center," said Talamaivao. "I like guard a lot. I like watching a bunch of guards. I watch Mike Iupati real close. I saw him against Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl and it was fun watching this big dude move. Then I'm watching him in the Super Bowl. I like watching (Alabama lineman) Chance Warmack, watching that dude in the trenches go to work."

Talamaivao doesn't anticipate making an early decision.

"I want to definitely take all of my official visits," said Talamaivao. "I'll probably take my officials to the schools I can't get to as easily. I can go to UCLA or USC anytime, so I want to go to the places a little further away."

Talamaivao and Centennial, which won the CIF-SS Inland title and SoCal Regional title a year ago, before losing in the state finals to De La Salle, returns to spring ball next month.

"We're lifting and installing our playbook, and we start spring ball at the end of next month," said Talamaivao. "I'm excited to be back playing again."

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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