Talamaivao being pulled by USC commits

FOX Sports NEXT caught up with 2014 Corona (Calif.) Centennial four-star offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao at the Battle of the Beach 7on7 tournament in Huntington Beach (Calif.) where he was supporting his Centennial teammates.

2014 Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive lineman Viane Talamaivao told FOX Sports NEXT he remains solidly committed to Nick Saban and Alabama.

But his local friends, teammates, and current USC commits are doing everything they can to try to change that.

"I hear it everyday about USC," Talamaivao told FOX Sports NEXT at The Battle at the Beach in Huntington (Calif.) on Saturday. "Toa [Lobendahn] and Austin [Maloata], these fools are on my back everyday about coming to USC. But as far as my status with my commitment, I'm pretty solid."

Talamaivao says he first met Lobendahn just a year ago at the USC lineman camp. "I just went to check it out, that was the first time I met him, now we're really close.

"It's simple. He's Samoan, I'm Samoan, and that's it. He's family now, basically."

Which means Talamaivao's Samoan family at USC is only continuing to grow. He is also cousins with Trojan commit and Centennial teammate Austin Maloata. "He's real family, like blood family. That's my cousin. He wants me to play with him at 'SC.

"I'm thinking about it a little bit because those guys are my in-home recruiters and they are pitching the idea of us all staying home, playing together."

Talamaivao also admitted his family is excited for Maloata to stay home and play at USC. He says his family would like to see him stay home and play at 'SC too, though they remain supportive of his decision to commit to Alabama and play in the SEC.

"I'm going one way, but I'm getting pulled the other," he said -- while continuing to note that his family does in fact support his commitment to Alabama.

Lobendahn and Maloata aren't the only two representatives of USC who continue to recruit Talamaivao. He says offensive line assistant James Cregg as well as recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron continue to make a case for the Trojans. "They send me a lot of mail, saying I can add on to a team that can go on to win a National Championship and be a dominant powerhouse in college football."

Talamaivao says there is isn't one particular aspect of Alabama football that is holding his commitment there, but a number of them. "It's mainly because I feel like I will be a better fit at Alabama than any other school. Not just football wise, academically Alabama is a great school. It is me playing in a strong conference, the SEC every week, on TV...my family won't have to visit. They can watch on TV and hopefully I can get a ring at Alabama."

Talamaivao has yet to visit Alabama. He says he will take an official visit there this fall for the LSU-Alabama game. He doesn't know if there are any other officials in his future.

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