Update On Line Prospect Leo Talavou

With three scholarship offers already, offensive line/defensive tackle prospect <b>Leo Talavou</b> talks his list of favorites and names a leader...

Leo Talavou, 6-3, 318, Fountain Valley (Calif.) High, has quickly moved up the lists in the West at offensive line. However, as a two-way player, Talavou is being recruited as both an offensive guard and a defensive tackle.

"It doesn't really matter to me where they play me, I just want to play," Talavou said.

Talavou was rated the #4 offensive lineman in the West and the highest rated guard, and admits that's the position most coaching staffs are recruiting him to play in college. n"Most of the schools are recruiting me as a guard, but some want me as a tackle."

Talavou has offers from Washington State, Arizona State and San Diego State.

"ASU is probably my leader now. I went to their 1-day camp. Their facilities were awesome. That's a big factor in my decision. I saw some guys from around here, the Corona guys (Brian Hildebrand, Ryan Phipps and Terrell Jackson). Washington State is recruiting me real hard too. I also like Oklahoma, Colorado, Oregon and UCLA."

Talavou is still pretty high on UCLA, despite a lack of an offer. He converses frequently with UCLA commit Shannon Tevaga about going to UCLA.

"Shannon talks to me and tells me I should come with him," Talavou said. "He is recruiting me to go there. I want to go somewhere that I get along with the players and am comfortable with them. Coach Axman is recruiting me and he is a real good guy. I talked with him at the Spring Game and like him."

One factor in Washington State's favor is that his brother Kelly plays at Idaho, which is a short 10-minute drive from Washington State.

"It's a little cold up there. When I was at Arizona State, it was 115 degrees during the day."

While Talavou had some grade issues early on, he is making a strong effort to improve them.

"I got a 3.0 last semester and I got an 800 on my SAT. I am going to take it again, and I should get qualified soon."


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